Norfolk State beats Missouri

Upset! No. 15 Norfolk State pulls massive upset of No. 2 Missouri

3/16/12 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and dominated the glass with 14 rebounds as No. 15 Norfolk State downed West Regional No. 2 seed Missouri 86-84. It was the first time a 15 seed beat a 2 seed since Hampton downed Iowa State in 2001. 

The Spartans led for much of the first half, and the game was tied at 38 at intermission. Leading by two with 3.6 seconds left, O'Quinn missed two free throws that would have sealed the victory. Instead, Missouri got a last-second three-point attempt off from Phil Pressey, but it clanked off the iron ending the Tigers' promising season. 

Pressey and Marcus Denmon each had 20 points for Missouri, but the Tigers problems weren't on the perimeter, they were in the paint, where the Spartans out rebounded them 35-23. The Tigers couldn't corral a board after Rodney McCauley missed his second free throw with seven seconds left, which gave O'Quinn the chance at the line.

Missouri was a 21-point favorite in the game, making this the largest first-round upset ever. 

Missouri, a popular Final Four pick, is now leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.
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3/16/12   |   Scott   |   53804 respect

Poetic justice for the Tigers after they showed no class in wearing SEC shirts while holding the Big XII tourney title last weekend.  That said, there biggest weakness all year was their lack of size and depth inside and at some point in this tourney, some team was going to exploit that.  I thought Florida would give them fits, not Norfolk State