The NCAA tournament is right around the corner! Before the big dance gets underway, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments by spotlighting 20 different upsets in the 20 days leading up to selection Sunday. Upsets are one of the many things that make the NCAA tournament one of the greatest sporting events in the world. This will be happy for some and painful for others, but we can all agree that it’s time for some madness!
March 18th, 2005 — NCAA First Round
(13) Vermont — 60, (4) Syracuse — 57
T.J. Sorrentine, the Vermont point guard for this game, dribbled the ball across half court with about 1:30 left to play in overtime. He gave a short pass to his right, and the ball came right back to him. He just kept dribbling. Dribble, dribble, dribble. On the national stage, against the powerhouse Syracuse Orange, Vermont had themselves a one-point lead.
Taylor Coppenrath, the Catamounts best player, stood a few feet away from Sorrentine to his right. Sorrentine wasn’t passing again. Dribble, dribble, dribble. Then, all of a sudden, he pulled up. Nothing but net. The crowd at the DCU center in Worcester, Massachusetts (just a few hours away from the Vermont campus) erupted. Nobody could believe what had just happened. He took that shot from the parking lot!
Head Coach Tom Brennan lifted his hands high in the air. Even though there was a minute left, he could feel the upset victory coming his way. The Orange couldn’t believe it. Brennan ended up retiring after the team’s next game, a loss to Michigan State. Even if that was the end of his basketball road, he went out in style.
So, with TJ Sorrentine channeling his inner Steph Curry, he helped Vermont pull off an upset for the ages.