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Bracket Busters: No 3. Seeded Baylor, ISU Fall to Georgia St, UAB
It didn’t take long to bust most of the country’s NCAA Tournament brackets this year, as No. 3 seeds Baylor and Iowa State were both upset during Thursday’s early slate of games by No. 14 seeded Georgia State and UAB, respectively.
The first of the two bracket busters unfolded at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, where the UAB Blazers shocked an Iowa State Cyclones team that many believed could come out of the South Region after winning the Big 12 championship. Despite entering March Madness with the tournament’s youngest team, the Blazers players showed poise beyond their years, hanging on for the thrilling 60-59 victory.
Less than an hour later, at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, it was Georgia State’s turn. Despite trailing 56-44 with 2:54 remaining, the Panthers were able to shut Baylor down the rest of the way, and a late three-pointer by R.J. Hunter gave Georgia State the 57-56 victory.
Here’s a look at the game-winning three. Pay close attention to Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter, who is also R.J.’s dad. He was watching the game from a stool after tearing his achilles while celebrating his team’s tournament birth last weekend. And he nearly sustained another injury while celebrating his son’s latest heroics:
And here’s A.J. and Ron Hunter giving an emotional post-game interview:
If you like underdogs and seeing people hurt themselves, Georgia State is probably the team you’ll want to cheer for during this year’s tourney.