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March Madness: 8 biggest winners from 1st round of 2024 NCAA Tournament

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The first round of this year's NCAA Tournament gave us eight true upsets from the first 32 games, including some big shockers. We had some specific "winners" from the Round of 32, thanks to some historic moments overall.

Here are the top 8 overall.

8. Jaedon Ledee - San Diego State Aztecs

The senior forward had a breakout senior campaign and it felt as if no one noticed outside of the Mountain West. The Conference Player of the Year averaged 21.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg on the season to lead the Aztecs to a 5 seed in the Big Dance. But they faced a team with another star forward in Yaxel Lendeborg of the UAB Blazers.

It was Ledee who ultimately stood out, scoring a game-high 32 points and eight rebounds on 11/18 shooting from the field. The senior led San Diego State to a 69-65 win, giving the conference a needed win in what was an up-and-down opening weekend of the tournament.

7. Grand Canyon Antelopes

The Lopes have been viewed as the next potential mid-major in NCAA Basketball, being compared to Gonzaga at times. The problem is that while they've been making regular trips to the NCAA Tournament as of late, they'd yet to get their first win.

That changed on Friday, pulling off the 75-66 upset over Saint Mary's in the 12/5 matchup. Tyon Grant-Foster, the WAC Player of the Year and all-around great story on the season, finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. They take on Alabama next, who dropped 109 points in a win over College of Charleston on Friday.