Michigan State was a popular pick to make it to the Final Four. According to ESPN, 61.8% of the brackets filled out for their Tournament Challenge had the Spartans advancing to Houston. Furthermore, 97.8% of the brackets had Michigan State beating 15th-seeded MTSU.
So as Friday’s David vs. Goliath game went along, you wondered when the surge from Michigan State would occur — and when it did, how would MTSU respond? Well, the Blue Raiders traded punches with the heavily-favored Spartans and delivered a knockout blow in the game’s final moments when Giddy Potts blocked a 3-point shot by Bryn Forbes to seal the victory.
The Blue Raiders never trailed en route to a 90-81 victory, becoming the eighth 15-seed to ever take down a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament. And they stunned the nation.
— MT Athletics (@MTAthletics) March 18, 2016
We just broke every bracket in the world. RAIDERS WIN! RAIDERS WIN! RAIDERS WIN! Final Score: MT 90, MSU 81
— MT Basketball (@MT_MBB) March 18, 2016
A 16 has never beaten a 1. Mich St was essentially the fifth 1 seed and in the top 2 choices for national champs. Biggest upset ever.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 18, 2016
When people are calling it the biggest upset ever, like CBS’ Seth Davis stated, you’re bound to get national attention. Here are MTSU Head Coach Kermit Davis and Forward Reggie Upshaw on ESPN’s SportsCenter this evening:
About 45 minutes after MTSU’s victory, Athletic Director Chris Massaro joined Sports Night from St. Louis to discuss the excitement of becoming the talk of the NCAA Tournament:
You’ll be able to hear Sunday’s Round-of-32 game versus Syracuse on 102.5 The Game!