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NCAA upsets abound in second round of tournament

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Not many people had heard of the Mercer Bears before Friday, March 21, 2014, when the No. 14 seed Bears stunned the No. 3 seed Duke Blue Devils 78-71 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Brackets were busted all over the country with Duke's early exit, but that's why they call the tournament March Madness.

Although many other teams won by a narrow margin, Duke was the highest seeded team to lose in a second round filled with upsets.

My team, the No. 2 seed Kansas Jayhawks, got by the No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky Colonels with a 80-69 win, after a first half filled with Jayhawk turnovers.

Whether or not you're a college basketball fan, the NCAA tournament is filled with excitement for all ages. It's too late to fill out March Madness brackets, but you can follow along and see how your favorite teams fare as the third round continues over the weekend.

Anyone who follows college basketball knows that there's always a No. 5 seed upset during the tournament, but this year three of the four No. 5 seeds fell to the hands of their No. 12 seed opponents. Here are all of the upsets from Friday's second round tournament action.

No. 5 seed VCU loses to No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin
No. 5 seed VCU loses to No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin Jeff Cross, Getty Images

No. 5 seed VCU loses to No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin

No. 5 seed VCU became the latest victim of the 5 seed jinx as they lost to the No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 77-75. Desmond Haymon's four-point play with 3.6 seconds left in overtime won the game for the Lumberjacks.

No. 6 seed UMass loses to No. 11 seed Tennessee
No. 6 seed UMass loses to No. 11 seed Tennessee Streeter Lecka, Getty Images

No. 6 seed UMass loses to No. 11 seed Tennessee

No. 11 seed Tennessee will play the Mercer Bears on Sunday after taking down No. 6 seed UMass on Friday. Jarnell Stokes scored a career high 26 points for Tennessee in the win.

No. 10 seed Stanford beats No. 7 seed New Mexico
No. 10 seed Stanford beats No. 7 seed New Mexico Andy Lyons, Getty Images

No. 10 seed Stanford beats No. 7 seed New Mexico

No. 7 seed New Mexico lost to No. 10 seed Sanford and will play No. 2 seed Kansas on Sunday. Stanford led by 16 points early in the game. Chasson Randle scored 23 points to help win the game for Stanford.

No. 14 seed Mercer Bears fans cheer their team's unlikely win over No. 3 seed Duke
No. 14 seed Mercer Bears fans cheer their team's unlikely win over No. 3 seed Duke Grant Halverson, Getty Images

No. 14 seed Mercer Bears fans cheer their team's unlikely win over No. 3 seed Duke

Mercer Bears fans were on their feet as No. 14 seed Mercer pulled the biggest upset of the tournament to date, defeating the Duke Blue Devils 78-71. Many brackets were busted by Duke's upset.

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