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December 1, 2011
The first few weeks of the season have featured a notable assortment of upsets.
The nation's top-ranked team in the preseason already has gone down, and the defending national champions fell to an upstart from outside the six major conferences. A relative Division I newcomer beat a Big East team that reached the NCAA tournament last season. One of the most storied programs in the history of the game opened its season with back-to-back losses to mid-major programs.
If November produced this many stunners, perhaps March will deliver even more madness than usual.
TOP 10 UPSETS
1. UCF 68, Connecticut 63: Last season, UCF raced to a 14-0 start that included wins over Florida and Miami before fading badly against Conference USA competition, so perhaps we shouldn't have been so surprised to see the Knights pick up another high-profile non-conference win. But it's still a major shocker whenever the defending national champions fall to a traditional mid-level program from outside the six major conferences. This upset was particularly noteworthy because UCF rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final 16 minutes of this Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal in the Bahamas. Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton are good enough to play anywhere, and they scored 20 points each to lead UCF. If the Knights play this well vs. conference foes, UCF soon may be known as more than just the school where Michael Jordan's son plays.
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