Embrace the madness.
Making up for the lack of a tournament in 2020, the 2021 NCAA Tournament is now, officially, madness, with UCLA’s shocking 51-49 downing of No. 1 seed Michigan on Tuesday night penning a chapter in the history books:
Haven’t seen this tossed out yet, but UCLA beating Michigan means this is the most upset-riddled NCAA Tournament in history based on what the NCAA defines as an upset (5 seed lines or more between teams). There have been 14, which passes 1985 and 2014’s previous record of 13.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 31, 2021
The NCAA defines an upset as five seed lines or more between teams. UCLA’s win became the 14th upset in the tournament this March, the Bruins themselves accounting for three of those upsets on their way to the Final Four.
- No. 15 Oral Roberts over No. 2 Ohio State (Round 1)
- No. 11 Syracuse over No. 6 San Diego State (Round 1)
- No. 12 Oregon State over No. 5 Tennessee (Round 1)
- No. 13 Ohio over No. 4 Virginia (Round 1)
- No. 13 North Texas over No. 4 Purdue (Round 1)
- No. 14 Abilene Christian over No. 3 Texas (Round 1)
- No. 11 UCLA over No. 6 BYU (Round 1)
- No. 8 Loyola Chicago over No. 1 Illinois (Round 2)
- No. 11 Syracuse over No. 3 West Virginia (Round 2)
- No. 15 Oral Roberts over No. 7 Florida (Round 2)
- No. 13 Oregon State over No. 4 Oklahoma State (Round 2)
- No. 7 Oregon over No. 2 Iowa (Round 2)
- No. 11 UCLA over No. 2 Alabama (Sweet 16)
As expected, there are no more perfect brackets left in the country, a fact that came some days ago — the Maryland-UConn matchup proving to be the straw that broke the bracket’s back.
The Bruins were a First Four team, facing off and defeating Michigan State in one of the opening two matchups of the tournament. The state of Michigan weeps. Now, No. 11 UCLA advances to the Final Four to face No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance at more madness.
As a wise man once said (several times): This is March.