Five Seed Curse Won't Hit the UNLV Rebels

By Joseph Nardone
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

If the history of the NCAA Tournament has taught us anything, it is that a 12 seed is going to upset a five. It seems like every year that a bubble team (Essentially, that is what a 12 is supposed to be) puts on a pair of slippers and does their best Cinderella impression.

Statistically, five seeds have only won 11 out of 20 against 12s in the last five tournaments. So, it would be pretty safe to assume that it will happen at least once again this year. However, it won’t be the UNLV Rebels who get sent home early.

The Rebels have a (FIRST!) second round date with the California Golden Bears. Cal is currently best known for their head coach, Mike Montgomery, going all Hulk Hogan on one of his team’s best players. In fact, the Golden Bears are riding a two game skid into the big dance. This does not exactly scream a fairytale ending is in their near future.

UNLV also happens to have one of the most underrated players in the entire nation, Anthony Bennett. Only a freshman, Bennett averages over 16 points and eight beastly boards a game. It is only because he plays on the west coast, in the MWC, for a team like the Rebels that you have not heard this kid’s name being spewed all over Sportcenter on the regular.

If I were a betting man, which I am not (kind of), my mortgage would be bet on the Rebels to easily handle Cal in their game. Although, now that I have predicted it, fully expect one heck of a ball game when the two meet up.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone

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