The Boston Globe: Northeastern hoping for an upset in NCAA tournament
Boston Globe - 03/18/2015
It’s small, but this exclusive club is always looking to expand. The annual challenge is finding worthy candidates.
Northeastern gets its chance on Thursday. The Huskies are hoping to join schools such as Mercer, Harvard, Bucknell, and Weber State and become the most recent No. 14 seed to upset a No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament.
First accomplished in 1986 — one year after the field was expanded from 48 to 64 — the number of times a 14 has knocked off a 3 sits at 18. It’s happened the past two years: Mercer over Duke last year, Harvard over New Mexico in 2013. On two occasions (1986, 1995), two 14 seeds advanced, and on two other occasions (1986, 1997), a 14 seed won twice to reach the Sweet 16.