We knew this day would come. We were prepared for it. And now its here.
Many “experts” are now calling Middle Tennessee State’s 90-81 upset over Michigan State the greatest upset of all-time. Those experts need to chill.
First of all, there are pure facts. This one by stats guru Nate Silver.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 19, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Let’s just keep it simple: All of the upsets by MEAC teams— Coppin State over South Carolina, Hampton over Iowa State and Norfolk State over Missouri — were bigger.
After decades a Division II power, Norfolk State floundered in the MEAC for over a decade, never once making it to the MEAC Championship Game, let alone an NCAA Tournament game. They didn’t even win the conference’s regular season title, as Savannah State took the crown.
They were supposed to show up, entertain the crowd with the band, take their ass whupping and go home.
But they didn’t. Future NBA player Kyle O’Quinn had one of the great first round performances of all-time with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and teammates like Penny Williams and others used their length to bother Missouri and come away with the biggest upset of all-time. At least until some 16 seed beats a no. 1.