The beauty of the NCAA tournament is that you never know what’s going to happen — half-court game-winning buzzer-beaters anyone? From the moment the Big Dance begins, all bets are off and all slates are wiped clean. Regular-season records no longer matter and you can’t take any game for granted.
In the one-and-one format, where it’s all about surviving and advancing, it’s often the dark horse who finds itself with the advantage. This is their moment to see if the slipper fits, and they play like they have nothing to lose. Because the truth is, they don’t. And that’s why they call it “March Madness.”
With the 2017 NCAA Tournament set to kick off, we have no idea who may end up playing the spoiler, but we do know that history says there will be at least one. In the past, this tournament has been filled with some unbelievable upsets and many of those have even stood the test of time. Even if some of those teams only advanced to the round of 32, their opening-game victory was enough to remind everyone that, when it comes to this event, anything is possible.
With that, here’s a look at the 10 biggest first-round March Madness upsets ever.