The first game of Friday picked up right where Thursday left off: With some terrific basketball and even more people's brackets doubling as tinder.
Mercer's 78-71 win over Duke in the Midwest region signaled the 18th time in 30 seasons that a No. 14 seed has beaten a No. 3. Below, you can see that Mercer was the least-liked 14 among CBSSports.com users in the Round of 64.
In terms of history, we've now had a 14 win in back-to-back seasons. It's nice, but nothing compared to that run from 1986-1992 in which a No. 14 won at least one game every time.
We've only had two tourneys in the modern era (64/65/68 teams) that have seen two 14s win. But we're only halfway done this year. Creighton plays UL Lafayette shortly, and Iowa State goes up against North Carolina Central Friday night.
The 14s-over-3s since the field expanded.
|1999||Weber State||North Carolina||76-74|
|1995||Old Dominion||Villanova||89-81 (3OT)|
|1995||Weber State||Michigan State||79-72|
|1992||East Tennessee State||Arizona||87-80|
|1988||Murray State||NC State||78-75|
|1986||Arkansas-Little Rock||Notre Dame||90-83|