Virginia's big blunder in March Madness upset to Furman has social ...
March Madness is all about the upsets and Cinderella stories, and there was a big upset in the second game of Thursday's slate when No. 13 Furman hit a last-second 3-pointer to take down No. 4 Virginia in Orlando, Florida.
It didn’t look like Furman had a chance when Virginia held the lead with just under 10 seconds left to play — until point guard Kihei Clark tried to escape a trap by heaving a pass down the floor to kill clock.
It was a mistake. Furman’s Garrett Hien intercepted the pass and found JP Pegues for a deep 3-pointer and a 68-67 lead with 2.2 seconds to play.
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Garrett Hien and Jalen Slawson of the Furman Paladins celebrate near the end of their game against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday. (Lance King/Getty Images)
Virginia heaved a prayer at the end, but it went unanswered, and the Cavaliers were left stunned.
So, too, were many March Madness fans on social media, including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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Furman forward Tyrese Hughey and forward Alex Williams celebrate their win against Virginia during a first-round game in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Bally Sports’ Annie Agar likened the pass to one attempted during the past NFL season. The New England Patriots tried a last-second trick play against the Las Vegas Raiders, and NFL fans will remember that didn’t go so well.
Virginia has been a team susceptible to upsets due to the slow, methodical style of play under head coach Tony Bennett. Sixteen-seed UMBC defeated the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers in 2018 in one of the greatest upsets in NCAA tournament history.
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Upsets are one of the best parts of the tournament, which is why recently retired NFL defensive end J.J. Watt is loving how March Madness has begun.
Kadin Shedrick of the Virginia Cavaliers looks dejected during the second half of his first-round game of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.