Top 10 Upsets of the Season Thus Far
Biggest Upsets of the Season So Far
The 2012-13 college basketball season has hosted many upsets. Although the Colorado and Arizona matchup should have been one of the biggest upsets of the year so far, apparently the refs for that game had a different plan. Whether the case, in this article, we will look at the best of the best in terms of upsets this season, which will include the top 10 upsets thus far.
If the Kentucky Wildcats did not get beat by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the game before Kentucky took on the Baylor Bears, the loss to Baylor would have likely been on this list for the fact that the Wildcats were pretty much unbeatable at home.
Teams that are usually not talked about will be highlighted in this list, thanks to their upsetting wins over teams that they had no business beating, and yes, South Alabama and Cal Poly, I am talking about you.
Although 10 upsets clearly will not cover all of the upsets this season, these 10 upsets certainly are the best of the year. Expect mid-majors beating powerhouses in this one, including one of the most exciting games of the year, which dealt with two teams in the state of Indiana.
Kick off the new year right with the top 10 upsets of the season thus far.
Temple Owls over No. 3 Syracuse Orange
The Temple Owls may only have two losses on the season, but they managed to beat a very good Syracuse Orange team. Just like last year and years in the past, Syracuse is one of the favorites to win the Big East Conference. Not to mention, it is a top 10 team once again this year.
Temple’s Khalif Wyatt went off against the Orange with 33 points in the game.
No. 23 Connecticut Huskies over No. 14. Michigan State Spartans
The Connecticut Huskies are a very good team this year, but entering the season, who knew what to expect? That was until Shabazz Napier showed the country how good he was, with 25 points against Michigan State.
Keep in mind that the Huskies only had 66 points in the game. Connecticut proved against the Spartans that they were still a powerhouse in college basketball even without Jim Calhoun.
Purdue Boilermakers over No. 11 Illinois Fighting Illini
Perhaps one of the biggest upsets of the year so far, came just a few days ago. The Purdue Boilermakers were off to a horrible 6-6 start, while the Illinois Fighting Illini were ranked No. 11 in the country, with only one loss on the year.
Well, Purdue got its biggest win of the season over Illinois in just its first game of Big Ten play. Not many people could have predicted this game, but Terone Johnson and D.J. Byrd could probably care less, combing for 40 points in the contest.
Kansas State Wildcats over No. 8 Florida Gators
Kansas State may be ranked now and practically played the Florida Gators at home, despite being on a neutral court, but what makes this game such a big upset is the fact that the Gators looked like one of the best teams in the country until the final minute of play against the Arizona Wildcats.
Florida has blown away competition all season long, but could only manage 61 points against the Wildcats.
Cal Poly Mustangs over No. 11 UCLA Bruins
The UCLA Bruins may have not started the season off on the best note, but how does a team with so much talent lose to the Cal Poly Mustangs?
Although the Bruins were not playing very good ball at the time, they are historically a little bit better than Cal Poly. However, that certainly was not the case on Nov. 25. The sad part about this game was the fact that UCLA had Shabazz Muhammad back, after being ineligible for the first couple of games.
South Alabama Jaguars over No. 25 Florida State Seminoles
The South Alabama Jaguars are currently 7-6 on the season and play in the Sun Belt Conference.
Although their team is a little different from last year’s team, the Florida State Seminoles won the ACC tournament last year and managed to beat both North Carolina and Duke two times each last season. Did anyone mention this to either team to open the season?
South Alabama pulled off the upset of the opening week of college basketball with a 76-71 point victory over the Seminoles. Both teams shot under 50 percent from the field in the game, but the Jaguars won with its three-points shooting, shooting 60 percent from behind the arc.
Charleston Cougars over No. 24 Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears lost a couple of players to the NBA over the offseason, but they still have Pierre Jackson and some great freshmen on the team. I guess they call them upsets for a reason because no one could have predicted the Charleston Cougars to pull of the upset in this one.
South Dakota State Jackrabbits over No. 16 New Mexico Lobos
The New Mexico Lobos have two great victories on the season against the Connecticut Huskies and the Cincinnati Bearcats, however, their first loss of the year came against South Dakota State by five points.
The worst part about this loss was the fact that it came at home for the Lobos.
Oklahoma State Cowboys over No. 6 North Carolina State Wolfpack
The North Carolina State Wolfpack were predicted to win the ACC title this year, thanks to Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie returning to the team. Not to mention, the Wolfpack had some very talented incoming freshmen.
However, NC State lost its first game of the season in just its fourth game of the year at home against Oklahoma State by 20 points.
We all know now that Oklahoma State is a good team, but its blowout victory over the then team to beat in the ACC came at a surprise.
Butler Bulldogs over No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers
The Indiana Hoosiers are heavy favorites to win the national championship this year, thanks to Cody Zeller and the rest of the talented Hoosiers. The Butler Bulldogs already beat some very talented teams before playing Indiana, so an upset was possible over the No. 1 team in the nation.
Well, this matchup was one of the best games of the year so far, along with one of the biggest upsets of the season so far, due to that fact that the Hoosiers were the best team in the nation and had not lost a game yet.
It took overtime, but Butler pulled off the upset by the score of 88-86 to shock the college basketball world. It was a great day to have a Rotnie Clarke. That’s for sure.
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