Pitt blows out Colorado, sets NCAA record for largest win by 9 vs. 8
It was really ugly -- but also historic -- in Orlando Thursday afternoon. Here are the other big-time blowouts in 8/9 history.
On Thursday, Orlando was host to one of the most lopsided 8 vs. 9 games in NCAA Tournament history -- and the subject to the biggest loss by a No. 8 seed against a No. 9 ever. No. 8 Colorado failed to show up, getting out to a 13-0 deficit against No. 9 Pitt. The next thing you knew, it was 44-16!
The game almost set a record for the greatest margin between teams in an 8/9 game, but Colorado reserve Beau Gamble hit a 3-pointer as time expired to end the game at 77-48.
Colorado played on Thursday as it did for half its season: without star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie tore his ACL in mid-January. I doubt his presence would've meant a Buffs win on this day.
So, with today's outcome, here are the six largest margins between teams in an 8/9 game, dating back to 1985, when the field expanded to 64 teams:
30 -- 2011: No. 8 Michigan 75, No. 9 Tennessee 45
29 -- 2014: No. 9 Pittsburgh 77, No. 8 Colorado 48
24 -- 2003: No. 9 Purdue 80, No. 8 LSU 56
23 -- 2005: No. 9 Mississippi State 93, No. 8 Stanford 70
23 --1998: No. 8 Rhode Island 97, No. 9 Murray State 74
23 -- 1992: No. 8 Louisville 81, No. 9 Wake Forest 58
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