2013 NCAA Tournament: VCU the Only No. 5 Seed to Advance Into the Round of 32

By Paul Seaver
Geoff Burke-USA Today Sports

On Friday afternoon, the final 5/12 match-up from within the NCAA Tournament wrapped up with No. 12 Ole Miss eliminating No. 5 Wisconsin.

The end result through the Round of 64: one five seed moving forward.

The 5/12 match-up has always presented the premier “upset special” and 2013 has proven no different. 12th-seeded Oregon, California and Ole Miss all advanced with upset victories, while No. 5 VCU was the lone favorite to move into the Round of 32.

The Rebels’ Marshall Henderson got hot late in the second half, as the Badgers shot a dismal 26% from the field. This came on the heels of two terrific showings from the Pac-12 Conference in which both Oregon and Cal combined to make NCAA Tournament history. On Thursday, the Pac-12 became the first conference in ever to have two 12 seeds advance through to the Round of 32.

This leaves three disappointing five seeds, some angry folks with ripped up brackets and one No. 5 remaining in the tournament field.

That No. 5 seed though has the potential to be dangerous, but the Rams’ time may be limited, as well. VCU must now square off against No. 4 Michigan and even if they advance throughout next weekend, their presumable Sweet 16 match-up would be No. 1 Kansas. Keyword in all that is presumable, of course.

So, another year, another big statement from the bracket’s No. 12 seeds. With just one five seed remaining in the field, it’s pretty obvious that some teams may have been overrated, while others deserved a little more respect.


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