OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16: Players and coaches from the Norfolk State Spartans celebrate on the bench late in the second half against the Missouri Tigers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

NCAA Bracket 2012: Norfolk State Shocks Missouri, 86-84

The madness finally came on Friday as Norfolk State, a No. 15 seed, knocked off No. 2 Missouri in a thriller.

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VIDEO: Norfolk State Players Celebrate After 'Shocking The World'

"We gon' shock the world. We gon' shock the world." That was Norfolk State's locker room after the Spartans knocked off No. 2 Missouri on Friday. And shock the world they did, kicking off a wild few hours on Friday with a huge upset. The scene in the locker room was of pure jubilation, not unlike the one unfolding back on campus, and was just another reason March Madness is so incredible.

Isn't this what the NCAA Tournament is all about? It's moments like these that make March so fun for the college basketball fan or observer.

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Missouri Vs. Norfolk State: Spartans Provide The Tournament's First Shocking Upset

Bucket_mediumEveryone who has used the hashtag #HaithCrime is going to have a few more celebratory drinks tonight.

Right in front of Kansas Jayhawks fans, their hated rival, Missouri became the first two-seed to lose to a 15-seed since 2001, as they were downed by the athletic Norfolk State Spartans 86-84.

/crumples up bracket and decides to watch the rest of the tournament "just for fun"

At the beginning of the season, the take on the Tigers was that they were too small to be a top-10 team. Then it became that they made teams play their game, and were able to overcome size issues down low by spreading the floor and getting easy baskets.

But Norfolk State, despite being just the MEAC winners, turned out to be a terrible matchup for Frank Haith's club, and took full advantage of the opportunity presented to them.

The Spartans shot more than 50 percent from the floor, and outrebounded the Tigers 37-25, with the most notable board currently on repeat to your right, as Kyle O'Quinn's putback with under a minute left gave his team the lead for good.

Maybe Laurence Bowers would have snagged that ball, maybe he wouldn't have, but the reality is that the Spartans shot the ball well, got second-chance points and disrupted what Missouri wanted to do the entire game.

That's how you beat the Tigers, and Norfolk State deserve all the credit here.

Missouri didn't lose. The Spartans won.

March at its finest.

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete scoreboard.

For more on Mizzou, head over to Missouri Tigers blog Rock M Nation. For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Friday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament Scores: Norfolk State Giving Missouri All They Can Handle, Tied At Halftime

Could the absolutely massive upset that the second round is lacking be in the works? The Norfolk St. Spartans are trying to pull it off. They're tied 38-38 with the Missouri Tigers at halftime, and even though Mizzou has the talent to pull away at any time in this one, there's nothing odd about the way this game is going. The stats aren't crazy at all; Norfolk State just looks like a bad matchup for the Tigers.

Norfolk St.'s star center Kyle O'Quinn is having a huge day with 14 points and six rebounds. He's 6-9 from the floor and the smaller, quicker Tigers don't have an answer for him unless they want to play Steve Moore way more than they should. On the other end, Norfolk St. doesn't have much of an answer for Marcus Denmon. He has 14 points, 12 of those on three-point shots.

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete scoreboard.

For more on Mizzou, head over to Missouri Tigers blog Rock M Nation. For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Friday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

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