The lowest seed to win a first-round matchup in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament is now the UC Irvine Anteaters. The 13-seed Anteaters knocked off the 4-seed Kansas State Wildcats 70-64 in a first-round matchup Friday, besting the 12-seed Murray State Racers’ win the previous day.
UC Irvine’s win came partly thanks to junior guard Max Hazzard pouring in a team-high 19 points (15 on three-pointers, where he went 5 for 11, and four more from a four-for-four free throw shooting performance) adding four rebounds (two on the offensive glass). Here’s a look at some of the shots Hazzard (#2 above) hit Friday:
UC Irvine was down 10 and came back on a run to tie it up at half thanks to Max Hazzard👌 pic.twitter.com/9ZzUbBBWFS
— BettorIQ (@BettorIQ) March 22, 2019
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 2019
And there was also a cool family note on Hazzard, whose grandfather Walt played at UCLA (and in the NBA):
Walt Hazzard, March 20, 1964: 19 points in win over Kansas State in Final Four.
Max Hazzard, March 22, 2019: 19 points in win over Kansas State in first round.
Max is Walt’s grandson.
— Spencer Stueve (@spencerstueve) March 22, 2019
We’ll see what Max Hazzard and the Anteaters (which would be a great band name, by the way) can do in the second round. They’ll face the winner of #5 Wisconsin and #12 Oregon on Sunday.