2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket Busters

final4Every year you have one team that always pulls an upset in the NCAA Tournament and ruins your brackets. Last year, 2 different #15 seeds pulled huge upsets (Norfolk State vs. Missouri, Lehigh vs. Duke), as well as several other mid-major teams shocking their opponents. Here are some mid-major teams that could be this year’s “bracket busters”.

14-East: Davidson (26-7, SoCon Champions)- The Davidson Wildcats are most remembered for their miraculous run to the 2008 Elite Eight, led by shooting guard Stephen Curry. Davidson has an offense among the top fifty programs in NCAA Basketball, and Davidson has won their last 17 games, the longest active streak in the country. Upperclassmen forwards Jake Cohen and DeMon Brooks can shoot, defend, rebound, and facilitate on the offensive end, and coach Bob McKillop is among the best mid-major coaches in the country. Davidson has a great shot to win AT LEAST one game this March.

11-Midwest: St. Mary’s  (27-6, WCC at-large)- St. Mary’s has six losses this season; three of them were against #1 Gonzaga. They have a 9-2 road record this year, and have momentum headed into the Tournament (10-2 in their last 12). Their experiences playing Gonzaga have taught the Gaels how to compete with the best, their upperclassmen leadership is outstanding, and I believe the Gaels can and WILL win a game in the NCAA Tournament this season.

12-West: Ole Miss (26-8, SEC Champions)– Marshall Henderson might be an enigma of sorts, but he is also the primary reason for the Rebels’ success this season. Ole Miss averages nearly 80 points per game, and they upset Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Sunday. Henderson will lead the Rebels to great places, including the third round of the NCAA Tournament this year. However, they face a Wisconsin team that made it to the Big Ten Championship game.

11-West: Belmont  (26-6, OVC Champions)- The Belmont Bruins are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament, but the Bruins are still searching for their first tournament win. That could very well happen this year. Belmont’s two leading scorers, Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark, are both seniors, and have played in two Tournaments before. Belmont has a strong RPI ranking (18th) and a 12-6 record on the road. They face #6 Arizona, an opponent with only two games against top-25 teams this season.

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