It’s no secret why they call it March Madness—with just the first round in the books, there have already been eight upsets in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Four upsets occurred on the first day of the Round of 64 on March 20, but four more shockers occurred on the following day:

On March 21, it all started with No. 3 Duke falling to No. 14 Mercer, 78-71, in the Midwest Region. Duke’s freshman star Jabari Parker struggled to find his shooting touch, totaling just 14 points on 14 shot attempts. Duke junior guard Quinn Cook, a Washington, D.C. native from Gonzaga High School, played well and scored a team-high 23 points including seven of 10 three-point attempts. But Mercer had too many experienced upperclassmen for Duke to match, leading to an upset that was guaranteed to damage many brackets.

No. 5 VCU was also surprisingly eliminated in the South Region after losing a barnburner to No. 12 SF Austin, 77-75. Other upsets from Day Two included No. 11 Tennessee defeating No. 6 Massachusetts, 86-77, in the Midwest Region; and No. 10 Stanford ousting No. 7 New Mexico, 58-53, in the South Region.

Other scores from March 21 include:

West Region

No. 1 Arizona defeated No. 16 Weber State, 68-59

No. 6 Baylor defeated No. 11 Nebraska, 74-60

No. 3 Creighton defeated No. 14 LA-Lafayette, 76-66

No. 8 Gonzaga defeated No. 9 Oklahoma State, 85-77

East Region

No. 1 Virginia defeated No. 16 Coastal Carolina, 70-59

No. 3 Iowa State defeated No. 14 North Carolina Central, 93-75

No. 6 North Carolina defeated No. 11 Providence, 79-77

No. 8 Memphis defeated No. 9 George Washington, 71-65

Midwest Region

No. 1 Wichita State defeated No. 16 Cal-Poly, 64-37

No. 8 Kentucky defeated No. 9 Kansas State, 56-49

South Region

No. 2 Kansas defeated No. 15 Eastern Kentucky, 80-69

No. 4 UCLA defeated No. 13 Tulsa, 76-59


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor