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What we learned on Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament

It finally frickin happened.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Charlotte Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As you well know, this is a Big East-centric site. However, we’re not going to start this with anything Big East-related.

HOLY FREAKING CRAP, A 16 SEED BEAT A 1 SEED!

The UMBC Retrievers took down the Virginia Cavaliers, THE NO. 1 OVERALL SEED, in Friday night’s NCAA Tourney action. Yes. Finally, after all these years, a 16 beat a 1. You may have never thought you’d see the day. But you did. If you’re reading this, you saw it with your own eyes. And that 16 seed didn’t just beat UVA. They CRUSHED them by 20! TWENTY!!

We are in one hell of a sports timeline, folks. And we hope you appreciate it as much as you can.


WELL AT LEAST THIS CONFERENCE’S 1 SEED DIDN’T FRICKIN LOSE.

The Xavier Musketeers were challenged a bit by the Texas Southern Tigers. But, Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura promptly came to the rescue. They won 102-83 and will face the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday in Nashville. Seriously though, thank goodness that Xavier didn’t lose. This site might’ve had to have gone dark for a little while.

THE END OF THE LINE FOR CREIGHTON AND PROVIDENCE

The Creighton Bluejays and Providence Friars each lost their Round of 64 matchups in Charlotte (they have good company, at least). It’s the end of the road for the likes of many of the Big East’s best and brightest, including Rodney Bullock, Kyron Cartwright and Marcus Foster, among others. They certainly do have a lot to be proud of after this year. But, it still feels a bit sour for them, to be sure.

BUTLER KEEPS IT ROLLING IN THE MOTOR CITY

The Butler Bulldogs extended their streak of winning at least one NCAA Tournament game to seven consecutive Tournaments. Their win over the Arkansas Razorbacks was impressive, as Butler started off with a 21-2 lead at one point. They saw it evaporate, but kept pace and maintained composure before going through the finish line. The Bulldogs will their play in-state rivals, the Purdue Boilermakers, in a rematch from this year’s Crossroads Classic on Sunday. The Boilermakers will be shorthanded, as Isaac Haas will miss the rest of the Tournament after fracturing his elbow.