The No. 12 Richmond Spiders pulled off a huge (and controversial) upset over the No. 5 Iowa, sending March Madness Twitter into a tizzy.
The Richmond Spiders were back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 but they didn’t let the decade out show in any way.
Once again a No. 12 seed, they did what they do best, apparently, knocking off a No. 5 seed.
Last time, Vanderbilt was Richmond’s victim. This time, it was the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Spiders rode 24 points from Jacob Gilyard and some clutch late shots from Nathan Cayo to beat the Hawkeyes.
How did Twitter handle it?
March Madness upset: Twitter reacts to Richmond stunning Iowa
Iowa didn’t get any calls to go their way in the end
There was a controversial angle to the ending with Iowa feeling hard done when the refs missed a blatant foul on a late three-point shot late. It was definitely a headscratcher.
The refs nor Iowa fans can turn back the clock and change that particular no-call. They’ll be heading home while the Spiders will continue on to play Providence in the Second Round.
The last time they upset the No. 5 seed they made it to the Sweet Sixteen, so the Friars may want to watch out.
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