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  • Thursday, 29 February 2024
Princeton shocks Arizona, pulls off late run for biggest March Madness upset thus far

Princeton shocks Arizona, pulls off late run for biggest March Madness upset thus far

In a stunning upset, the 13th-seeded Princeton Tigers pulled off a late-game run to defeat the 4th-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The game, which was played on Thursday night, ended in a score of 64-60 in favor of the underdog Tigers.

Princeton, which was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, trailed for much of the game before mounting a late comeback. The Tigers, known for their strong defense and disciplined play, were able to limit Arizona's scoring opportunities and capitalize on their own.

The game was marked by several key moments, including a clutch three-pointer by Princeton's Ryan Schwieger with just over a minute left on the clock. The Tigers were also able to hold off a late surge by Arizona, which had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but missed a crucial three-pointer.

The upset was the biggest of the tournament thus far, and one of the most memorable in recent NCAA history. Princeton, which was given just a 9% chance of winning the game by ESPN's Basketball Power Index, is now set to face the 5th-seeded Wisconsin Badgers in the second round of the tournament.

The loss was a bitter disappointment for Arizona, which was widely expected to make a deep run in the tournament. The Wildcats, who finished the season with a record of 17-9, were led by senior guard James Akinjo, who had 16 points in the game.

Despite the loss, Arizona head coach Sean Miller remained positive, praising his team for their effort and vowing to come back stronger next season. "It's always tough to lose in the tournament, but I'm proud of our guys for giving it their all," Miller said. "We'll be back next year, ready to compete at the highest level."

The upset was also a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the NCAA Tournament, which has long been known for its upsets and surprises. The tournament, which features 68 teams competing in a single-elimination format, is one of the most popular events in American sports, drawing millions of viewers and generating billions of dollars in revenue.

As the tournament continues, fans will be watching closely to see if Princeton can continue its Cinderella run and upset more highly-ranked opponents. With the unpredictability of March Madness on full display, anything is possible, and the Tigers are sure to be a team to watch in the coming weeks.

 

In a stunning upset, the 13th-seeded Princeton Tigers pulled off a late-game run to defeat the 4th-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The game, which was played on Thursday night, ended in a score of 64-60 in favor of the underdog Tigers.

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