March Madness 2023: Princeton will continue its Cinderella run with upset win over Missouri

(CNN) Fifteenth-seeded Princeton will continue its Cinderella run in the Sweet 16 of the 2023 NCAA men’s basketball tournament after a 78-63 win over No. 7 Missouri on Saturday.

The Princeton Tigers are just the fourth 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 in men’s March Madness history.

Making their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance, the Tigers led most of the game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., trailed only 3-2 in the opening minutes of the first half and never looked back.

Senior guard Ryan Langborg had 22 points and six rebounds in the win, while sophomore guard Blake Peters added 17 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from the three-point line. The 15-point win was the largest margin of victory in tournament history for a 15 seed.

“I don’t have words for you. We have such an incredible section (of fans) here,” Peters told the TNT postgame broadcast. “I have the best teammates in the world when we go out there and believe in each other. Anything is possible, I know it’s cliche, but anything is possible.”

On Thursday, the Tigers became the 11th No. 15 seed in tournament history to win in the Round of 64 with a 59-55 victory over No. 2 seed Arizona. The win on Thursday was the first for the men’s team in the tournament in 25 years, when they defeated UNLV in 1998.

The Tigers are set to play the winner between No. 6 seed Creighton and No. 3 seed Baylor on March 24 as they look to advance to their first Elite Eight since 1965.

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Meanwhile, Princeton’s 10th-seeded women’s basketball team will return to the court Sunday, after pulling off an upset win against No. 7 NC State on Friday. They will play No. 2 seed Utah.

The Tigers’ men’s and women’s teams became the first Ivy League duo to both advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Princeton Tigers players celebrate in the locker room after a win against Missouri during the second round of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament held at the Golden 1 Center on March 18, 2023 in Sacramento, California.

Another No. 1 seed falls

After Friday night’s historic upset that saw No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson defeat No. 1 Purdue, the madness continued Saturday with another No. 1 seed dispatched early.

No. 1 Kansas was upset by No. 8 Arkansas, 72-71, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Down 35-27 at the half, the Razorbacks came running back to take the lead on a Kamani Johnson layup with just under a minute left. Arkansas would hold onto the lead and advance to the school’s third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.

After the buzzer, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman celebrated the win by taking off his shirt as he pumped up the Razorback fans in attendance at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It’s such an incredible win for our program,” Musselman told the CBS broadcast. “I keep telling people we’re getting better. Not many teams can get better this time of year. I’ve never been prouder of a team than tonight.”

The Razorbacks will play the winner of Connecticut and St. Mary’s on March 23 in Las Vegas.

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There are two No. 1 seeds left – Houston and Alabama.

CNN’s Jacob Lev contributed to this report.

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