Early shockers from the opening weekend of March Madness

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19: The North Texas Mean Green celebrate their victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament held at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 19, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Most brackets have already been busted after several shocking results from the opening weekend of March Madness.

There was no bigger shocker in the opening round of the NCAA tournament than No.15 seed Oral Roberts upsetting No. 2 seed Ohio State 75-72 in OT.

Junior forward Kevin Obanor led Oral Roberts with 30 points and 11 rebounds while the No.1 scorer in all of college basketball Max Abmas added 29 points. Oral Roberts (17-10) won the Summit League tournament as a No.4 seed and their magical run continues as they’ll now face No.7 Florida who got past Virginia Tech in their opening game.


No.13 seed North Texas (18-9) upsetting No.4 Purdue 78-69 in OT was another big shocker from the opening round of March Madness. The Mean Green are the Conference USA champs and are led by senior guard Javion Hamlet who had 24 points along with 12 rebounds and five assists against Purdue. Next up for North Texas is No.5 Villanova.

When you’re the Pac 12 champions it’s not necessarily a big upset but No.12 seed Oregon State (18-12) did knock off No.5 seed Tennessee 70-56. The Beavers had four players with 10 points or more led by 7-foot-1 senior centre Roman Silva with 16 points. Oregon State ended a 39 year drought in the NCAA tournament and will advance to face No.4 Oklahoma State.