The Norfolk State Spartans refer to the 13 sports teams representing Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field; women's sports include bowling, softball, and volleyball; men's-only sports include baseball and football. The Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. During the 2011-2012 Basketball season the Norfolk State Spartans did something they had never done in team history, win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and advance to the NCAA tournament. With a record of 25-9 the Spartans were hoping for at least a 15 seed and got just that matched up with the Missouri Tigers who were fresh off a big 12 title win over Baylor and a 30-4 record overall. The game was a back and forth affair with the 15 seeded Spartans starting the game on a 15-7 run and never trailing by more than 1 in the first half. Kyle O'Quinn recorded 14 points and pendarvis Williams sat at 11 points. Both team went into halftime scoring 38 points. A wild game as Phil Pressey gave Missouri their largest lead of the game at 4 points with a three pointer at the 6:40 mark and the Spartans rallying for a 12-2 run over 4 and a half minutes had Norfolk state dreaming of an upset. Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey kept it close and tied the game at 81-81 with before O'Quinn made the biggest play in Spartan Basketball history and had a put back and 1 on a shot the was an air all. With the lead the Spartans whittled down the clock and Missouri had 1 last chance that clanked off the iron and gave the Norfolk State Spartans the humogous upset and the 5th 15 seed upset over a 2 seed.