2023 March Madness: Furman’s miraculous upset, more viral moments


One of the biggest days in the sports calendar is here as the 2023 edition of March Madness begins in earnest. 

We have wall-to-wall action with 16 games Thursday as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament round of 64 tips off. Social media is buzzing with incredible fan moments, stunning upsets, heartwarming stories and more!

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Here are the top moments that have captured the internet’s attention throughout the day!


1. Kansas vs. 16. Howard

VPOTUS in the house!

Kansas took care of business against Howard, pulling away in the second half for a 96-68 victory. But Howard fans at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia still got a special treat as Vice President Kamala Harris, a Howard alum, was in the building to witness the action first hand.

7. Missouri vs. 10. Utah State

Utah State continued a rough streak for the Mountain West, as its 76-65 loss to Missouri gave the conference its 10th straight NCAA tournament defeat. Missouri, meanwhile, won its first March Madness game in nearly 13 years, earning first-year head coach Dennis Gates his flowers. Less than 7% of March Madness brackets on the site’s official tournament challenge remained perfect after Maryland, Furman and Mizzou won the first three games.

One Utah State cheerleader took the loss especially hard.

4. Virginia vs. 13. Furman


Despite crucial back-to-back turnovers in the closing minutes, Furman took advantage of some key missed Virginia free throws and a shocking botched pass from Cavaliers veteran Kihei Clark as JP Pegues hit a game-winning 3-pointer with two seconds left to complete the massive upset — and Twitter had plenty to say.

It’s been a long time since Furman was on this stage.

And if the “Paladin” mascot was not enough, their fans also have a cheeky chant of their school’s initials.

And Colin Cowherd was among the many who predicted Furman to pull off the upset.

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