Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  18 responses

Not Two Good: Missouri and Duke Fall to 15 Seeds

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

After a lackluster first day, the NCAA tournament had a first on Friday when not one, but two No. 2 seeds fell to No. 15 seeds. First it was Missouri losing to Norfolk State, 86-84, and then a few hours later Duke lost to Lehigh, 75-70.

Norfolk State’s win was a thriller in every sense. The Spartans, who were playing in their first NCAA tournament game, went blow-for-blow with Missouri. The game was tied at the half, and the lead changed hands seven times in the final 20 minutes. Keeping Norfolk State afloat was senior center Kyle O’Quinn, who finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

But O’Quinn’s two missed free throws in the waning seconds gave Missouri a chance to tie or win. The upset survived, though, as Phil Pressey’s deep three-pointer did not fall.

Afterwards, O’Quinn delivered the line of the day.

From Nancy Armour’s Twitter:

“We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets! … We even messed up my bracket.”

Lehigh’s upset over Duke didn’t come down to the last shot but was almost as exciting. After trailing by two at halftime, Lehigh came out strong and seized the lead after a 7-0 run. The rest of the game, the Mountain Hawks relinquished the lead just once and picked up their first ever tournament win.

Aside from the upset, it was the coming out party for one of the more underrated players in the country — C.J. McCollum. The junior guard torched the Duke backcourt for 30 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Freshman guard Austin Rivers was not pleased with the loss.

From NewsObserver.com:

“I was prepared to win,” said freshman Austin Rivers. “That’s what Duke’s about. This doesn’t happen. We (expletive) lost to a 15 seed.”

Lehigh will now play Xavier on Sunday, while Norfolk State will look to keep the upsets going against No. 7 seed Florida.

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  • cbb_fanatic

    The only loss that stuns me is Missouri’s. I can’t believe they lost to Norfolk!!! Norfolk??? Duke’s loss doesn’t shock me because they should have lost to Belmont in their first game. Lehigh had a very impressive record and plus they were playing on a NEUTRAL court so I knew Lehigh would have a chance, though I thought Duke would AT LEAST be in the Sweet 16.

  • Hart26

    Brackets in the garbage now…..

  • Nick

    Believe it or not i had both Norfolk and Lehigh to pass the second round! STILL ROLLIN!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^killin it with those two picks, what about the rest of your bracket?
    i had mizzou in the final four…smh

  • Nick

    The rest of my bracket is on fire. I just screwed up West and East cuz i picked Virginia over Florida (West) and Texas over Cincinnati (East). The rest is PERFECTION so far!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    good work dude

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    Misery sucks, overrated all year

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    That’s why they play the games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Duke is dookie!!!

  • IndyG

    Duke not even having a small forward finally caught up with them. It’ll be interesting to see if rivers comes back now

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Austin River is overrated.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    @JTaylor21 I agree 100% He better stay in school and work on his game.

  • http://music.entelleckt.com/ entelleckt

    Austin Rivers better get out of Duke as soon as possible so his NBA career isn’t poisoned.


    I agree as well. He shouldn’t have been running off at the mouth before the season. Even AFTER the game he was talking about how much Duke is better than Lehigh all the way around. ALL TALK. Just because you are the most POPULAR don’t mean that you’re the best!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaooo @ austin rivers


    This must be a challenging stretch of time for Duke and Mizzou fans. They probably don’t even want to watch the Tourney anymore. lol

  • Seun

    Damn, i can’t believe this happened although i’m more surprised Missouri lost than duke im still shocked. Next year things should be better for duke as long as rivers makes a dramatic, if he’s smart he’ll come back and hopefully he plays the point that way Seth can play his more natural position as a 2. i don’t think there going to get shabazz Muhammad so this team unfortunately is going to have to hope that rivers gets a lot better at every area possible over the summer if they plan on playing in the final four.

  • add

    highlight of my day was seein lehigh topple duke