The second day of the NCAA Tournament was a joy from beginning to end, with an incredible number of upset wins and breathtaking finishes. if you know anything about how this college basketball season has gone, it's probably not a big surprise -- unpredictability was the order of the day in 2015-16. But that doesn't make the Cinderella moments any less wonderful to watch.
No. 13 Hawaii was one of the day's biggest success stories, taking down a No. 4 California team by double digits. It is the Warriors' first NCAA Tournament win in school history, and a bittersweet one at that -- the program will serve a postseason ban next season.
But the Warriors were upstaged shortly afterwards, when No. 15 Middle Tennessee State shocked the basketball world by beating No. 2 Michigan State (a team many had pegged to win the national title), never once trailing all game. It's perhaps the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history, and only the eighth time a No. 15 beat a No. 2. It's a staggering end to the season for Tom Izzo, who built one of his best squads yet and has nothing to show for it. However, knowing Izzo, there's every reason to believe Michigan State will be a major player again next year.
On the flip side, it's been a bad two days for the Pac-12. They entered the tournament with seven teams, and five of them are already eliminated. A day after Arizona, USC and Colorado all got eliminated, California and Oregon State made ceremonious first-round exits on Friday. Oregon and Utah are now the last teams standing for the conference. The Utes get a Saturday date with a tricky Gonzaga opponent, and Oregon will face Saint Joseph's on Sunday.
The early-evening spot belonged to No. 14 Stephen F. Austin, which smacked No. 3 West Virginia in the throat with a convincing 70-56 win. The Lumberjacks proved beyond a doubt that they deserved a higher seed, while the Mountaineers are left shaking their heads after a mid-major team beat them at their own game.
The night was capped off with two of the most insane finishes you will ever see. No. 11 Northern Iowa added yet another highlight reel moment to the day, drilling a half-court buzzer-beater to stun No. 6 Texas. No. 8 Saint Joseph's survived a crazy finishing sequence where a last-second dunk by No. 9 Cincinnati (which would've forced overtime) was just too late to count. The third game of the night wasn't short on drama, either -- No. 6 Notre Dame came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to knock off No. 11 Michigan, preventing yet another win by a double-digit seed.
What a day of basketball. Let's do this again on Saturday.
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No. 10 Syracuse 70, No. 7 Dayton 51
No. 2 Villanova 86, No. 15 UNC Asheville 56
No. 10 VCU 75, No. 7 Oregon State 67
No. 13 Hawaii 77, No. 4 California 66
No. 15 Middle Tennessee State 90, No. 2 Michigan State 81
No. 7 Iowa 72, No. 10 Temple 70 (OT)
No. 2 Oklahoma 82, No. 15 Cal State Bakersfield 68
No. 5 Maryland 79, No. 12 South Dakota State 74
No. 7 Wisconsin 47, No. 10 Pittsburgh 43
No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 70, No. 3 West Virginia 56
No. 3 Texas A&M 92, No. 14 Green Bay 65
No. 1 Oregon 91, No. 16 Holy Cross 52
No. 2 Xavier 71, No. 15 Weber State 53
No. 11 Northern Iowa 75, No. 6 Texas 72
No. 6 Notre Dame 70, No. 11 Michigan 63
No. 8 Saint Joseph's 78, No. 9 Cincinnati 76
Saturday's second-round schedule (all times Eastern)
No. 3 Miami vs. No. 11 Wichita State (12:10 p.m., CBS)
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 12 Yale (2:40 p.m., CBS)
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Indiana (5:15 p.m., CBS)
No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock (6:10 p.m., TNT)
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 9 Butler (7:10 p.m., TBS)
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 9 Connecticut (7:45 p.m., CBS)
No. 3 Utah vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (8:40 p.m., TNT)
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Providence (9:40 p.m., TBS)
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Potential Cinderella: Northern Iowa is cruising after a remarkable turnaround
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