This past weekend was one to remember in college basketball. The Madness always brings us excitement and this year was no different. The first Thursday and Friday of the tournament may be the best day in sports and can leave your bracket busted before you even reach the third round. This year we saw some classic buzzer-beaters, amazing comebacks and shocking defeats.
Here are the best moments from the first weekend of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
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10. Dayton tops Ohio State at the buzzer
The Madness couldn’t have started off with a better game than a battle between two Ohio schools. Dayton and Ohio State fought to the horn but the Buckeyes were upended by the Flyers. With 3.8 seconds remaining in the game, Vee Sanford of Dayton hit a layup that ended the career of Ohio State’s star senior Aaron Craft and sealed the fate of the Buckeyes’ season.
9. Texas knocks off Arizona State with a buzzer-beater
One of the best games of the weekend might have been this 7-versus-10 matchup. With the game tied, Texas’ Jonathan Holmes launched a three-pointer that slammed off the glass and fell to the floor. With time expiring, forward Cameron Ridley picked up the ball and put it through the hoop, sending Texas to the third round and the Sun Devils back to Tempe.
8. Stephen F. Austin pulls of a shocker
Many had picked Stephen F. Austin to upset VCU, but it didn’t happen the way they had thought prior to the tournament. VCU trailed at the half, but stormed back in the second half with their pressure defense to take the lead. The Rams went on a huge run and as the end of the game approached it looked as if Shaka Smart‘s team would be advancing on. However, the Lumberjacks continued to fight and with 3.6 seconds left, down four points, Desmond Haymon threw up a three-point shot while being fouled that found the bottom of the net. Stephen F. Austin carried their late heroic momentum into overtime, where they held off the Rams to conclude the upset.
7. Record five overtime games in second round
Think that March Madness is overrated? Guess again. Thursday and Friday had a combined five overtime games that resulted in some of the most exciting finishes in recent tournaments. Connecticut was down three points with 49.2 seconds left before forcing overtime to hold off Saint Joe’s. North Carolina State blew a 16-point lead late in the second half to Saint Louis because of their inability to hit free throws. North Carolina State went 20-for-37 from the charity stripe and star player T.J. Warren was just 6-for-14 from the line. North Dakota State hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds left against Oklahoma that forced overtime. The Bisons went on to complete the upset in overtime, beating the Sooners, 80-75. Late Thursday night, San Diego State needed overtime to hold off No. 13 seed New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin pulled off a miracle 4-point play to win in overtime on Friday.
6. Duke falls in second round for second time in three years
Remember two years ago when No. 15 seed Lehigh stunned the Blue Devils in the second round of the tournament? No way that could happen again this year, right? I mean they had Jabari Parker… they couldn’t lose. Can they? That’s what most of you probably were saying when filling out your brackets last week. How could a team full of NBA talent and star recruits fall to No. 13 seed Mercer, a small school from the state of Georgia? Well it happened.