16-Seed Southern Almost Knocks Off 1-Seed Gonzaga

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At tonight’s NCAA West Regional in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cinderella nearly got her foot in that slipper.

Southern, a 16-seed that managed to nab a spot in the tournament by winning their Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, tied 1-seed Gonzaga with less than four minutes to go. But Gary Bell Jr. and  Kevin Pangos combined to deliver the three-pointers the favorites needed to win.

It would have been the first time since 1986, when the NCAA expanded the tournament to 64 teams,  that a 16-seed defeated a 1-seed.


H/T Alberto Pardo


  1. March 22, 2013  11:36 am by Finrod Reply

    Later in the night the biggest upset of the tournament so far happened: 14th seed Harvard knocked off 3rd seed New Mexico. If I had remembered that New Mexico hadn't made the round of 16 since 1974, I wouldn't have picked them to win two games.

  2. March 22, 2013  11:37 am by Finrod Reply

    Also, the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1986, not 1996.

  3. March 22, 2013  2:25 pm by Nathan Martin Reply

    Thank you. Corrected.

  4. March 22, 2013  3:20 pm by Finrod Reply

    For further background: in the just over 100 games that have matched a 1 seed against a 16 seed, two games came down to the last possession (most famously Princeton vs Georgetown, where Princeton led for 39 minutes), and one went to overtime.

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