Going into yesterday, March Madness had been fairly tame as most higher seeds won on Thursday. However, Norfolk State and Lehigh scored victories that shocked most basketball fans. Norfolk State started off the craziness by being only the fifth fifteen seed to win an NCAA game, and first since Hampton in 2001. Norfolk State won by shooting lights out, including 10-19 from three-point range. They also shot 54.2 percent from the field. These are crazy totals in general, much less in the NCAA tournament. This was combined with Missouri star Kim English only shooting 1-7 on the day. However, Norfolk State kept the game close from an opening 15-7 lead to being tied at 81. The winning score was 86-84 after Missouri missed a shot at the buzzer.
The win for Norfolk State over a notoriously streaky Missouri team was not as shocking, though, as the win by Lehigh over perennial power Duke. While Norfolk State shot well as a team, Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum scored 30 points to help his team advance. “They had the best player on the court tonight in McCollum,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “He’s been their player of the year, and he’s really one of the outstanding players in the country. You could see why tonight.” While Norfolk State won at the buzzer, Lehigh had the lead from the 8:21 mark of the second half. Two very different games with the same results, fifteen seeds advance to the weekend in March Madness.