NCAA Tournament 2014: Ranking All of the Upsets So Far

Ranking All of the Upsets So Far

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Teams like Duke and Syracuse were expected to go on runs in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Both have been eliminated. Ohio State may have not been the best team in the dance, but even the Buckeyes were predicted to at least make it to the round of 32.

I am sure the upsets aren’t quite over just yet. We are talking about March Madness after all. Before other top teams are knocked off, let’s take a look at a ranking of all of the upsets so far.

8. No. 10 Stanford over No. 7 New Mexico

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8. No. 10 Stanford over No. 7 New Mexico

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This may technically be an upset, but Stanford beating New Mexico should not have surprised anyone. The Cardinal did finish tied for third in the Pac-12 standings. Plus, they have Chasson Randle. Stanford’s star is averaging 23 points per game on the season. Still, it is considered an upset.

7. No. 11 Tennessee over No. 6 Massachusetts

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7. No. 11 Tennessee over No. 6 Massachusetts

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Massachusetts had a great season and even knocked off New Mexico, BYU, Clemson, Nebraska, LSU and Providence during non-conference play. Unfortunately, the Minutemen met up with a hot Tennessee team and lost their first game of the tourney.

6. No. 12 Harvard over No. 5 Cincinnati

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6. No. 12 Harvard over No. 5 Cincinnati

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The Harvard Crimson are a very talented team that probably should have been ranked entering the season. They upset No. 3 seed New Mexico in last year’s tournament and followed that up this season by knocking off No. 5 seed Cincinnati.

Unfortunately, the Crimson lost to Michigan State in the round of 32.

5. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin over No. 5 VCU

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5. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin over No. 5 VCU

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VCU entered the season by being ranked in the top 25. However, it met up with a Stephen F. Austin team that has only lost two games all season long. The Lumberjacks have not lost sine Nov. 23 and will look to knock off the UCLA Bruins in the round of 32.

4. No. 11 Dayton over No. 6 Ohio State

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4. No. 11 Dayton over No. 6 Ohio State

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I am sure Aaron Craft would have liked to end his college basketball career in style --going on a run in the tournament-- but instead the Ohio State Buckeyes lost to an underrated Dayton team right away. Surprisingly enough, the Flyers had an even bigger upset in the round of 32.

3. No. 12 North Dakota State over. No. 5 Oklahoma

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3. No. 12 North Dakota State over. No. 5 Oklahoma

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North Dakota State pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far by knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners. Other than being a No. 5 seed, Oklahoma finished second in the Big 12 standings. The Big 12 was easily one of the best conferences in the country this season.

2. No. 11 Dayton over No. 3 Syracuse

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2. No. 11 Dayton over No. 3 Syracuse

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I am sure not many people saw this one coming. Syracuse was once the best team in college hoops. Entering the NCAA tournament on a good note is always very important and that was simply not the case with the Orange. Including its loss to Dayton, Syracuse lost six out of its last nine games.

1. No. 14 Mercer over No. 3 Duke

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1. No. 14 Mercer over No. 3 Duke

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The Duke Blue Devils were considered one of the best teams all season long. They did earn a No. 3 seed and all. Well, the Mercer Bears pulled off the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament so far. It will be interesting to see if the Bears can go further into the dance.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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