The UAB Blazers put together the first upset of the NCAA tournament giving support to the nickname for the tournament March Madness. The number fourteen seeded blazers upset the third seeded Iowa State Cyclones with a final score of sixty to fifty nine.
All of the damage wasn’t done in the last minute though. The Blazers countered the Cyclones speed by dominating them on the glass and picking up 52 rebounds to the 37 rebounds by the Cyclones; a huge and decisive margin in the contest. The Cyclones are also known for their shooting but only hit 37% of their shots including 26% of their three point attempts due to the aggressive defense of the Blazers.
Before this victory, the Blazers had not won outside of their home court of Birmingham since January 31st and it would have been unlikely if they would have made the tournament if they had not played their conference championship at their home court. Instead, they are the first Cinderella story of the tournament.