Arizona falls to Buffalo in the first bracket-busting upset of March Madness

  • No. 13 Buffalo dominated No. 4 Arizona in the second half of their first round March Madness matchup to secure their first win in tournament history.
  • The 21-point victory came with the help of Wes Clark, who scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting in addition to seven assists.
  • With the win, Buffalo moves on to face No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.

The No. 13 Buffalo Bulls pulled off the biggest bracket-busting upset of the first day of March Madness late Thursday night, shocking the college basketball world with a dominant 89-68 victory over the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats — the first tournament win in the school's history.

Arizona came into the NCAA Tournament as a team on a mission — having won five straight games en route to the Pac-12 title after having to deny an ESPN report that accused head coach Sean Miller of coordinating the payment of a player. Miller denied every allegation, and the Wildcats had been on a tear since he was back leading the team, but their run came to a screeching halt thanks to the potent offense of the Bulls.

Wes Clark led the way for Buffalo, leading all scorers with 25 points and shooting an absurd 10-of-14 from the field, in addition to his seven assists for the game. CJ Massinburg was another crucial anchor for Buffalo, sinking five from beyond the arc as the Bulls turned the game into something of a blowout through the second half.

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Mar 15, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Buffalo Bulls guard Dontay Caruthers (22) reacts in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Brandon Randolph (5) reacts on the bench next to center Dusan Ristic (14) in the second half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35), guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (0), and center Dusan Ristic (14) react on the bench in the second half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Buffalo Bulls guard Jeremy Harris (2) goes up for a shot ahead of Arizona Wildcats forward Deandre Ayton (13) in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) goes up for a shot as Buffalo Bulls guard Wes Clark (10) and guard CJ Massinburg (5) defend in the first half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Dusan Ristic #14 of the Arizona Wildcats and Ikenna Smart #34 of the Buffalo Bulls battle for the ball during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: CJ Massinburg #5 of the Buffalo Bulls passes the ball against Dusan Ristic #14 and Rawle Alkins #1 of the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Brandon Randolph #5 of the Arizona Wildcats drives to the basket against Wes Clark #10 of the Buffalo Bulls in the first half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots the ball in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Emmanuel Akot #24 of the Arizona Wildcats battles for a rebound with CJ Massinburg #5 of the Buffalo Bulls in the first half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots the ball in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: CJ Massinburg #5 of the Buffalo Bulls reacts in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: G Davonta Jordan (4) of the Buffalo Bulls shoots a layup during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship First Round basketball game between the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Wildcats s on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: G Jeremy Harris (2) of the Buffalo Bulls goes up for a shot during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship First Round basketball game between the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Wildcats s on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Davonta Jordan #4 of the Buffalo Bulls attempts to defend Parker Jackson-Cartwright #0 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Parker Jackson-Cartwright #0 of the Arizona Wildcats dribbles against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Dontay Caruthers #22 of the Buffalo Bulls and Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats battle for the ball in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: CJ Massinburg #5 of the Buffalo Bulls reacts in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats battles for a rebound in the second half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Nick Perkins #33, Davonta Jordan #4 and CJ Massinburg #5 of the Buffalo Bulls react in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: CJ Massinburg #5 reacts with Ikenna Smart #34 of the Buffalo Bulls in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Davonta Jordan #4 of the Buffalo Bulls reacts in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats dribbles against Wes Clark #10 of the Buffalo Bulls in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Montell McRae #1 of the Buffalo Bulls reacts in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats reacts in the second half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Wes Clark #10 of the Buffalo Bulls handles the ball against Parker Jackson-Cartwright #0 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Brock Bertram #41 of the Buffalo Bulls reacts in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Dontay Caruthers #22 of the Buffalo Bulls celebrates defeating the Arizona Wildcats 89-68 during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Montell McRae #1 of the Buffalo Bulls celebrates after drawing a charge in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Montell McRae #1 of the Buffalo Bulls celebrates after drawing a charge in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after missing a basket against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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While Loyola-Chicago earned the title of first upset of March Madness 2018 with their win over Miami earlier in the day, Buffalo's shocking win will have bigger ramifications in bracket leagues across the country. Despite being a No. 4 seed, Arizona was a trendy pick to make a run in the tournament, with 10.7% of ESPN brackets sending them through to the Final Four — more than all but six teams in the field. 

With the win, the Buffalo Bulls move on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they will meet No. 5 Kentucky with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.

Best of luck to all of those whose brackets have made it this far.

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