Iowa State lost to 14th-seeded UAB in the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cyclones were a trendy Final Four pick. Basketball elitists loved them because their coach, Fred Hoiberg, runs an NBA-style system. College basketball fans loved them because they were one of the most entertaining teams in the country all year long.
Their loss ruins a huge number of brackets. On Yahoo, 15.5% of users picked Iowa State to go to the Final Four. That’s the highest number for a team that wasn’t a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
If you have either Duke and Gonzaga in that region, you’re looking good. If you had Iowa State, better luck next year.
UAB will face the winner of SMU-UCLA on Saturday.
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