Posted by: Tom Duch | March 22, 2010

Sweet Surprises in this year’s field of 16

In what was an upset-ridden and exciting first weekend at the NCAA tournament, a few surprises came out of the pack to advance to the Sweet 16.  The opening round featured 8 games that were decided by one possession and 3 overtime games that included one going to double OT. The second round didn’t disappoint either, with three double-digit seeds advancing and a tremendous buzzer beater by Michigan State to take down Maryland. Here are the biggest headlines after the second round finished out on Sunday:

Is this heaven?  No, it’s NORTHERN IOWA

In the biggest suprise of the tournament so far, the Panthers of Northern Iowa stunned everyone in a defeat of the number one overall seeded Kansas Jayhawks.  The 9th seeded Panthers pulled out another win thanks more clutch shooting from senior Ali Farokhmanesh.

BIG RED keeps its flavor

The highest seed the advance to the third round was Cornell after they pulled the upset over Wisconsin on Sunday.  With the win, the Big Red broke the Ivy League record for wins in a season with 29

Enter Samhan

The 10th seeded Gaels were led by Omar Samhan’s 32 and 8 board effort as they knocked off number two seed Villanova.  St. Mary’s looks to keep dancing into the Elite 8 when they take on Baylor in the next round.

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