Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/23/13
8 a.m. ET: People want to see upsets and March Madness has given the people what they want so far. Thursday’s matchups showed that this year’s field has no clear-cut dominant team, as No. 1 seeded Gonzaga barely survived Southern and California shocked fifth-seeded UNLV. From 40-point blowouts to last-second heroics to history being made, the first couple of days of the NCAA tournament delivered. Harvard has played the role of the underdog all season long. After losing two of their top players for the entire 2012-2013 campaign, nobody expected them to compete in the Ivy League, let alone go home with the title. Their impressive ride continued Thursday and, for the first time in school history, Harvard won an NCAA tournament game, stunning No.3 seed New Mexico — and the rest of America. Saint Mary’s also almost pulled off the unbelievable as they stormed back against No. 6 Memphis, but ultimately fell short, losing 54-52. Meanwhile, Louisville, Syracuse and VCU never let their opponents even think of attempting an upset as the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 seeds respectively, all came away with massive wins. Friday’s 16 games also lived up to the hype as brackets everywhere went up in flames. The upsets began with Ole Miss defeating Wisconsin, as the Rebels recorded their first NCAA win in 11 years, led in large part by Marshall Henderson. No. 13 La Salle continued the surprises knocking off No. 4 Kansas State, but the biggest news of the night came when No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast shocked second-seeded Georgetown. The Hoyas threatened a comeback late in the second half, but FGC was able to escape any danger and come away with the astonishing win. To the dismay of many, but to the surprise of few, Duke pulled out a win over Albany avoiding another Lehigh fiasco, while ninth-seeded Temple bested North Carolina State, 76-72 and Creighton, led by 27 points from All-American Doug McDermott, held on to beat Cincinnati. Saturday’s games promise to ruin some more brackets — if they aren’t already destroyed — and provide hours of entertainment as the tournament heats up with eight matchups. VCU and Michigan get things started when they tip off at 12:15, Harvard hopes to keep their Cinderella story going as they take on No. 6 Arizona and Gonzaga will be tested by Wichita State in the last game of the night. Check back here throughout the day to see how the games unfold. We’ll provide news and updates as the day goes on. NESN.com’s college basketball coverage is presented by Bovada.net. Download a bracket here.
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