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Fans of March Madness understand the point that anything can happen on any given night. I personally believe that the seed doesn’t matter, because teams have continuously proven to stun the sports world every year. When I was filling out my bracket after Selection Sunday, I thought I had it signed, sealed and delivered. I chose my few upsets for the tournament and had faith in the higher seeds to advance.

I was wrong.

Like most people in the run for March Madness, my bracket is in shambles! But I’ll accept it for the single fact that these games have been beyond entertaining. Let’s take a look at some of the upsets this year that shocked fans, coaches and even the teams themselves.

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No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Oklahoma State – Arsalan Kazemi’s double-double led the Ducks past the Cowboys 68-55.

No. 12 California over No. 5 UNLV – California had four different players score in double-digits to win 64-61.

No. 12 Ole Miss over No. 5 Wisconsin – Ole Miss beat Wisconsin 57-46 after Marshall Henderson scored 17 points in the final 11.5 minutes alone.

No. 14 Harvard over No. 3 New Mexico – The Crimson stunned the sports world beating New Mexico 68-62, only playing 7 players the entire game.

No. 13 La Salle over No. 4 Kansas State – Jerrell Wright had 21 points and eight rebounds for La Salle as they beat Kansas State 63-61.

No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast over No. 2 Georgetown – In arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, FGCU beat the Hoyas 78-68, taking down a favorite for the Final Four.

No. 12 Oregon over No. 4 Saint Louis – Another upset for Oregon? Yup. They took down Saint Louis 74-57 in the second round of the tournament, taking a huge lead at halftime that couldn’t be cut down.

No. 9 Wichita State over No. 1 Gonzaga – Like many brackets, I had Gonzaga in the championship game. But Wichita State upset the No. 1 team in the country, beating them 76-70.

No. 13 La Salle over No. 12 Ole Miss – Yes, the seed difference was only by 1, but La Salle beating Ole Miss was surely an upset. A buzzer beater layup by Tyrone Garland gave La Salle the win, 76-74.

No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast over No. 7 San Diego State – FGCU marks the first 15 seed team to ever make it to the Sweet 16. Beating San Diego State 81-71, they are well on their way to another shocking performance.

The Sweet 16 games begin March 28th and I am more excited than ever. If the first part of this tournament has proved anything, it’s that it’s the year of the upset. Happy March everyone!