UC Irvine pulls off NCAA tournament's first big upset, toppling Kansas State

UC Irvine pulls off NCAA tournament's first big upset, toppling Kansas State

UC Irvine pulls off NCAA tournament's first big upset, toppling Kansas State

The Anteaters improved to 31-5 straight up and 21-13-1 against the spread this season following Friday's win over Kansas State.

King had 16 points, with four 3-pointers and four rebounds for OR against UC Irvine as the Ducks advanced to take on the South's No. 1 seed Virginia on Thursday in the regional semifinals. Michele Gile reports from Irvine.

K-State (25-9, 14-4 Big 12) finishes the season with consecutive 25-win campaigns for the first time in school history after earning its second Big 12 title in seven seasons under head coach Bruce Weber. Brown was fouled twice early on in the game and played in just 26 minutes, a far cry from the time he normally spends on the court.

"I could win at least one more game, maybe two".

When looking at the box score from the game, the biggest thing that jumps out is senior Barry Brown only putting up five points in what would end up being his final game with the program.

Despite that, Kansas State led by four points midway through the second half before the two long shots from Leonard turned the tide. The Anteaters proved to be deep as well, accruing 19 bench points. And I did. And I kept talking to my team about what we wanted to do. Throughout the first half, the Wildcats shot 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the field and 28.5 percent (4-of-14) from long range, as the Anteaters knocked down a buzzer-beater before the half, as the score was knotted at 30-30 at the break.

I've been on these Oregon Ducks the last couple of weeks and tried to warn you guys before the tournament started that this wasn't your typical 12-seed. What hurt more was an off-night from leading scorer Brown.

King finished with 16 points and four rebounds on Sunday. Evan Leonard and Max Hazzard tied for the team-high with 19 points, with Hazzard nailing 5 threes while Leonard shot 4 of 7 with a pair of triples and a 9 of 9 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 6 rebou7.6 rebounds per game and Eyassu Worku is UC-Irvine's top assist man with 2.6 assists per game this season. The Oregon Ducks are averaging 70.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting.

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