The 2023 March Madness tournament has its first big upset.
No. 13 Furman went on a crazy run late to upset No. 4 Virginia, 68-67.
Virginia led 50-38 with just under 11 minutes to go, their largest lead of the game, but the Paladins went on a 19-4 run to take a three-point lead – their first of the game – with 5:02 to go, and it was a battle from then on.
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Furman’s lead never grew past three, as both teams continued to exchange buckets for the next several minutes, and Virginia actually led by two with 12.3 seconds to go.
But a wild, errant Cavalier pass was intercepted by Furman’s Garrett Hien, and he dished it to JP Pegues for a wide-open three to give the Paladins a 68-67 lead with 2.4 seconds left. Virginia missed a three at the buzzer, resulting in their first-round exit.
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It’s Virginia’s time being the victims of a major upset – in 2018, they became the first – and still only – No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed, when UMBC blew them out, 74-54, where the Cavaliers were outscored 53-33 in the second half – they won the national title the following season.
Furman earned their bid to the tournament by winning the Southern Conference.
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The 13-seeded Paladins now await the winner of No. 5 San Diego State and No. 12 Charleston for a chance at a trip to the Sweet 16.