By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 18, 2014
One of the best parts of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, or worst parts depending on which side of the coin you land on, is the major upsets in the round of 64. Everyone knows there are going to be a few upsets. It’s just a matter of dissecting where they're going to happen. Thankfully, I’m here to help make sure you look like a genius when you fill out your office bracket. And for the record, I’ve picked all five of these in my bracket.
Get this one right and you will tower over the competition. Even though a No. 15 seed beating a No. 2 seed has only happened five times in NCAA history, three of those five happened in the last two years. Villanova is a great offensive talent, but UWM plays hardnosed defense that could be the difference maker. If UWM wants it badly enough it will happen, especially since Villanova probably believes they will walk right over Milwaukee.
Providence’s victory over Creighton to win the Big East tournament has to have North Carolina worried. This upset is going to come down to momentum. Providence believes they can hang with the best of them, while UNC will try to recover from disappointing back-to-back losses. If Bryce Cotton steals the show once again, look for Providence to be unstoppable in the first round.
New Mexico State’s balanced offensive attack has all the makings of an upset over San Diego State. More importantly, the veteran scorers have been together long enough in which they will be able to use their valuable chemistry to their advantage. If New Mexico State puts their 49.1 shooting percentage to good use, there’s no way San Diego State will be able to keep up.
Arizona State and Texas both excel on defense, which is why this contest could very well come down to the wire. Even though Arizona State has struggled over the past month, their upset set win over Arizona is all the motivation they need to dominate in the tournament. If their guards can get going on offense, and Texas struggles with their shot, the Sun Devils should walk away with the win.
A popular upset pick that’s trending right now is the winner of Iowa versus Tennessee defeating Massachusetts. Both teams are very talented and could do wonders if they are fortunate enough to advance out of the First Four. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter which team advances because either one will take out UMass. Iowa and Tennessee’s skill level far exceeds that of UMass, which will be the difference in the game.
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