Ole Miss- The reason that Ole Miss is on this list is simply because of Marshall Henderson. The Rebels will have to figure out a way to get him shots against the nation’s toughest defense in Wisconsin in the Round of 64 however, or this goes right out the window. Head coach Andy Kennedy needs his best coaching performance of the year against the Badgers.
Belmont- There should be no surprise that the Bruins are on this list. A No. 11 seed, Belmont has all the capabilities of making some noise in March. They are an experienced squad that loves to drive, kick and create shot attempts. That could cause many problems if teams are not ready to rotate and adjust on the fly.
Colorado- Okay, so the Buffaloes are a member of the Pac-12, but they are a ten seed and they do have the capability to make a run here in March. Don’t be shocked if Colorado is still playing when the tournament makes its transition to next weekend. The Buffaloes were presumably have to get by 2nd seeded Miami in order to do so, however.
Davidson- The Wildcats face a tough match-up in the Round of 64 with a well-coached Marquette squad. However, Davidson certainly has the talent to make a run within the Big Dance thanks to Jake Cohen and De’Mon Brooks. Watch out for the Wildcats.
South Dakota State- The Jackrabbits are led by one of the nation’s premier scorers in Nate Wolters. Not only can Wolters score, but he can rebound and pass the ball and it’s not typical that you see someone of his variety at the mid-major level. The path is tough, but South Dakota State has a superstar that you’ve never heard of and an experienced squad that is dancing for a second consecutive season.