7 top 10 teams upset in chaotic Saturday

There are boring days in college basketball, there are chaotic days, and then there’s what happened on Saturday.

Simply put, it was a day you would probably want back if you were a top 10 team, as seven different teams fell via upsets. That broke the record for the most top 10 upsets in a single day, previously six, in the history of the Associated Press Poll, per ESPN Stats & Info. It’s also the first time ever that every top 6 team lost.

Here’s the full document of upsets:

  • No. 1 Gonzaga lost 67-57 to No. 23 St. Mary’s.

  • No. 2 Arizona lost 79-63 to Colorado.

  • No. 3 Auburn lost 67-62 to No. 17 Tennessee.

  • No. 4 Purdue lost 68-65 to Michigan State

  • No. 5 Kansas lost 80-70 to No. 5 10 Baylor

  • No. 6 Kentucky lost 75-73 to No. 18 Arkansas.

  • No. 9 Texas Tech lost 69-66 to TCU.

Making the day even more fun was the fact that every ranked team outside the top 10 managed to win, including No. 11 Providence (who won the Big East regular season title in the process), No. 12 UCLA and No. 12 13 Wisconsin. Basically, expect a very different AP top 10 next week.

Here’s the full timeline of the day’s chaos, and we’ll be rating every sad tweet teams are apparently required by law to post after a loss along the way.

College basketball’s underdog day afternoon

The carnage began with Purdue’s early afternoon wake-up call in East Lansing, where the Boilermakers found themselves in trouble in the second half when they fell behind by double digits with 10 minutes left. Purdue fought back and tied the game in the final minute, but that only opened the door for Tyson Walker to play the hero.

This is a solid defeat tweet. The score is clear, the program moves things forward and even manages to get some petty in there with a photo of a clear foul, but we have to dock a point for a factual error. Walker’s game-winner was not a buzzer-beater. Rating: 3 out of 5.

Next up on the chopping block was Kentucky, which fought back from a big first-half deficit against Arkansas, but ultimately couldn’t pull it out in an impossibly tight second half. Not even Oscar Tshiebwe‘s 30 points and 18 rebounds could save the Wildcats.

See, this is what you get when you’re a blue blood. A professional “Final” and a well-filtered photo carrying the gravity of the moment. The graphics feel a little off, but still a first-rate job. Rating: 4 out of 5.

Auburn had perhaps the wildest path to defeat, trailing by six in the first half, leading by 11 early in the second half and then collapsing until they were down 10 with two minutes left. Tennessee’s leading scorer had 14 points. A weird game.

Another strong addition. Straightforward, a good graphic and they even managed to work a sponsor in. Rating: 4 out of 5.

With top 10 teams falling once every two hours, Texas Tech may have felt some heat, but a double-digit lead in the second half quelled some concerns. That is, until TCU stormed back behind Mike Miles’ 26 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Total amateur hour. Where’s the score? How could you tell this is even a tweet from a game? Rating: 1 out of 5.

Arizona had it close until they didn’t. The Wildcats took a five-point lead into halftime and then got outscored 47-26 in the second half.

Come on Arizona, you’re better than this. No graphic, not even a hashtag. We’d say we’re surprised by the lack of effort, but that second half provided plenty of warning. Rating: 2 out of 5.

Kansas had the most excusable loss considering they were playing another top 10 team, but, like Texas Tech before them, a big lead dissolved early and ended with Baylor on a 9-2 run in the final two minutes.

Excellent, we’re back to blue blood social media budgets. Another dynamic graphic with an excellent photo. No notes, just perfection. Rating: 5 out of 5. At least you won something today, Jayhawks.

So with all that in the background, Gonzaga had a chance to move even further ahead in the race for the No. 1 overall seed. Sure, they were facing their only major in-conference threat in the Gaels, but Gonzaga should be unbeatable with the way Chet Holmgren has been playing, right? Right?

Gonzaga ends the night on a strong note, with a great graphic-photo combination. They even had an appropriate sponsor in Wells Fargo, which knows something about unexpected losses. Rating: 5 out of 5.

We now take you live to No. 7 Duke, which had no trouble dispatching Syracuse on the road 97-72 thanks to a hot shooting day.

No. 8 Villanova was mercifully idle on Saturday, but that was only after the Wildcats fell 71-69 to No. 21 Connecticut on Tuesday. And they have a date with Providence next week as well.

If you decided to sit back and take in some college basketball all Saturday, you picked up a good day. It may have been less of a good day if you’re an AP voter, because what on Earth do you do with this train-wreck.