NCAA Tournament: Murray State Upsets Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt University Commodores have become the first top-five ranked team to be sent home at the start of the NCAA Tournament. Danero Thomas hit a fade-away jumper as time expired, lifting the Murray State Racers to a 66-65 win over the fourth-seeded Commodores in their West Region match.

The win was the first for Murray State in the NCAA Tournament proper since 1988. The Racers trailed by a point with 12.4 seconds left after the Commodores’ Jermaine Beal made the score 65-64 with a pair of free throws. B.J. Jenkins then missed a three-pointer in Murray State’s nexy possession, but Vanderbilt failed to get the rebound and the ball went out of bounce off a Commodore. Thomas received the in-bound pass in the succeeding play, hitting the shot that ended Vanderbilt’s NCAA hoops dreams.

The Racers will face the winner of the UTEP-Butler match, which was still ongoing as this was being written. Earlier, President Barack Obama picked the Racers to win over the Commodores, who have been upset for the second time in a row when they play as the higher seed. Vanderbilt was also booted out in the first round by Siena in 2008.