No. 12 seed North Dakota State came into the tournament as a hot pick to knock off No. 5 Oklahoma. After all, the Bison shoot better than 50 percent from the field as a team, and came into the tourney 25-6. Well, the secret is out — the Bison became the second No. 12 seed of the day to pull an upset, knocking off the Big 12′s Sooners, 80-75, in overtime in Spokane, Wash. It was the first tournament win in school history.
After squandering a 16-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining No. 12 North Carolina State found a way to force overtime against No. 5 Saint Louis. But the Wolfpack’s free throw shooting cost them Thursday — they went 20-for-37 from the foul line in an 83-80 loss to Saint Louis.
The Billikens’ Rob Loe and Jordair Jett combined for 40 points to help Saint Louis advance to the second round for the third consecutive season, but they haven’t reached the Sweet 16 in more than 20 years. This Saint Louis parent was pretty excited about the win (GIF via SBNation)