4:36 PM ET, March 16, 2012
CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
OMAHA, Neb. -- Kyle O'Quinn's booming voice echoed through the halls, the jovial center for Norfolk State riding the euphoria of a monumental upset of Missouri as the words spilled out of his mouth faster than he could think."We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets!" he bellowed, before turning a corner and seeing a pack of reporters.
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Just Missouri Being Missouri
Missouri fans should be getting used to losing in the first round. The Tigers also lost to 14-seed Northern Iowa in 1990 and No. 13 Xavier in 1987.
Most Losses in Round of 64
As Top 4 Seed, Since 1985
|Missouri||3||1987, 1990, 2012|
|Indiana||3||1986, 1988, 2001|
|Oklahoma||3||1992, 1995, 2001|
|Arizona||3||1992, 1993, 1999|
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Notes on Norfolk State's Upset
• Norfolk State's 86 points are the third-most by a 15-seed, behind Eastern Michigan's 90 vs. Pittsburgh in 1988, and Long Island's 87 last year.
• Missouri is the first team in NCAA tournament history to make at least 10 3-pointers, shoot at least 50 percent from the field, commit fewer than 10 turnovers and lose the game.
• With the loss to Norfolk State, Missouri joined Arizona as the only schools to lose in the round of 64 as a No. 2, 3 and 4 seed.
• Missouri is the fourth team to lose in the round of 64 after entering the tournament with 30 or more wins. Utah State did it twice, in 2009 and 2011, and Belmont did it in 2011.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||32-59 (.542)||29-55 (.527)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-19 (.526)||13-29 (.448)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-18 (.667)||13-17 (.765)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
|» Mar 16, 2012||NORF 86, @MIZZ 84||Recap|
According to BPI, Norfolk State had a 1.0% chance of reaching the Round of 32. That was the 3rd-lowest percentage among teams that played in the Round of 64, ahead of UNC-Asheville (0.3%) and Western Kentucky (0.1%). The Spartans' BPI of 46.5 was also 3rd-worst among teams to make the tournament, ahead of Mississippi Valley State (38.8) and Western Kentucky (44.8).
Missouri is the 3rd team (4th time) to lose in the Round of 64 after entering the tournament with 30+ wins. Utah State did it twice (2009 and 2011) and Belmont did it in 2011.
Norfolk State's 86 points are the 3rd-most scored by a 15 seed in a Men's Basketball Championship game. The most is 90 by Eastern Michigan vs Pittsburgh in 1988, and 2nd-most is 87 by Long Island last year vs UNC.
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