The return of March Madness has brought a historic level of upsets. The NCAA defines them as a win by a team seeded at least five spots lower than its opponent. After the chaos of the first five days of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the 12 upsets that have already occurred are one short of the record, set in 1985 and 2014.
Amongst the chaos, Cinderellas like Oral Roberts and Oregon State and other surprises, the BIG EAST will send two marching on to the second weekend of the Big Dance. A pair of No. 5 seeds, Villanova and Creighton, give the conference multiple teams advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2017.