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Could JMU Be The Next CAA “Giant Killer”

Mar 21, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

Mason's Folarin Campbell shoots in the Patriots' upset of #1 UConn in 2006.

While it’s well-known that a #16 seed has never beaten a #1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, don’t count out James Madison in its game with Indiana on Friday afternoon.

Over the years, the CAA has built a reputation as a “giant killer” with some of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history. The conference has posted four victories as a #13 seed (Navy over LSU in 1985, Richmond over Indiana and Georgia Tech in 1988 and UNCW over USC in 2002), two wins as a #14 seed (Old Dominion over Villanova in 1995 and Richmond over South Carolina in 1998), and in 1991, Richmond became the first #15 seed to knock off a #2 seed when it topped Syracuse 73-69.

In addition to those upsets, George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011) are two of only three #11 seeds to ever advance to the NCAA Final Four. Both teams upset #1 seeds in the Elite Eight as the Patriots edged Connecticut 86-84 in overtime and the Rams topped Kansas 71-61.

More NCAA Tournament nuggets:

Since 1981 (which includes the ECAC South days), CAA squads have recorded 23 wins over higher-seeded teams.

CAA teams have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in six of the last eight years, including the last four in a row.

Over the last four years, CAA teams have a 9-5 record in the NCAA Tournament and the league is 14-11 since 2006.

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