Sportiqe partners with the top universities in the country to create fashion-forward NCAA product. Because of this partnership, Sportiqe always enjoys the greatest sports tournament: March Madness. This year we congratulate 6 of our NCAA clients on making the tournament: BYU, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.
But we all know the madness stems from the upsets. Below is Sportiqe’s Top 5 March Madness Upsets. Did we leave one off that should be on there? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
5. 1966 - #3 Texas Western over #1 Kentucky –Although the seeding difference wasn’t substantial, the hurdles Texas Western had to overcome made this easily one of the Top 5 upsets in March Madness history. Texas Western boasted the first all-black starting lineup against a staunchly-southern and Confederate Flag-waving Kentucky fan base. Luckily, these kinds of obstacles don’t remain our game today but we felt it was noteworthy enough to recognize.
4. 2010 - #9 Northern Iowa over #1 Kansas – Last year provided great drama with the hands-down favorite to win the tournament Kansas falling to small-town Northern Iowa. With just seconds left, UNI’s Ali Farokhmanesh took an ill-advised three-pointer instead of running out the clock to push the Panthers into March Madness folklore.
3. #15 Santa Clara over #2 Arizona 1993 - – A young freshman point guard led the West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara Broncos over the heavily favored Wildcats. This was only the second time a #15 had defeated a #2 seed. Who was that young freshman on the Broncos? None other than Steve Nash – clearly a sign of things to come.
2. #11 George Mason over #1 UConn 2006 - The ultimate Cinderella story. Mid-Major George Mason Patriots had been on an improbable run making it to the Elite Eight and was to face the top team in the country to advance to the Final Four. No 11th ranked team had ever made it to the Final Four. When the game reached overtime, no one thought the out-matched Patriots could pull off the unthinkable. But they did!
1. 1983 - #6 NC State over #1 Houston – Houston was invincible and with two future hall-of-famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon on their team. The NC State Wolfpack was lucky to have made the tournament with 10 losses in the regular season. In the final second Lorenzo Charles grabs an errant shot out of the air and dunks it home for the victory. The players cried and ran into the stands while coach Valvano infamously ran around the court looking for someone to hug. View the video of the shot below: