March Madness 2023 saw its first big upset.
No. 13 Foreman went on a crazy late run to upset No. 4 Virginia, 68-67.
Virginia led 50-38 with less than 11 minutes left, their largest lead of the game, but the Paladins took a 19-4 lead to take a three-point lead—their first of the game—with 5:02 left. And it’s been a battle ever since.
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Foreman never led after three minutes, as both teams continued to trade buckets over the next several minutes, and Virginia actually led by two with 12.3 seconds left.
But a savage Cavalier pass was intercepted by Furman’s Garrett Henne, and he bunted it to J.B. Pegges for a wide-range three-goal run to give the Paladins a 68-67 lead with 2.4 seconds left. Virginia missed three points at the buzzer, knocking them out in the first round.
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It was time for Virginia to fall victim to a major upset — in 2018, they became the first — and still are only — top seed to lose to a 16th seed, when UMBC blew them away, 74-54, as the Cavaliers held the lead. 53-33 in the second half – won the national title the following season.
Furman earned its bid to the championship by winning the Southern Conference.
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The No. 13 Paladins are now waiting for No. 5 San Diego State and No. 12 Charleston for a shot at a trip to the Sweet 16.
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