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As the NCAA tournament gets under way, underdogs needing inspiration can look to these games, the most shocking first- and second-round results.
1 1956 Canisius 79, North Carolina State 78
'Twas different back then. The Griffins qualified after winning the three-team Western New York Little Three Conference—and then promptly dispatched the No. 2 team in the country in four overtimes. There was no seeding within regions then (it didn't start until 1979), but had there been, fans would have glimpsed a sight they have yet to see: a No. 1 seed losing in the first round.
2 1991 (15) Richmond 73, (2) Syracuse 69
The Spiders were no strangers to upsets, but their defeat of the Big East champs made history: It was the first victory for a 15th seed.
3 1996: (13) Princeton 43, (4) UCLA 41
After a handful of near upsets (most notably against Georgetown in 1989), the Tigers finally showed a major power the (back) door.
4 1981 (9) St. Joseph's 49, (1) DePaul 48
The Blue Demons were the nation's No. 1 team heading into the NCAAs, but Mark Aguirre, Terry Cummings & Co. were bounced in their first game, a second-rounder. Surprising but not unprecedented: It had happened to DePaul the year before, when the team pulling the upset was UCLA, which then went all the way to the title game.
5 1997 (15) Coppin State 78, (2) South Carolina 65