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: