2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

March Madness Upsets: NC State and Teams That Are Ready to Crash the Party

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10:  Lorenzo Brown #2 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after a call in the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the semifinals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 10, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 13, 2012

March Madness just isn't what is if there were not any upsets, so with every tournament some low seeded team is going to burst through the scene and attempt to take the field by storm.

This year won't be any different, as there are plenty of unnoticed teams that will cease the moment to prove to the nation that they can play amongst the best.

The following teams will have teams on watch this tournament, as they will first emerge from a Second Round upset of their opponents.

 

No. 11 Texas Longhorns over the  No.6 Cincinnati Bearcats

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09:  Myck Kabongo #12 of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball in the first half against the Missouri Tigers during the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Mis
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Despite coming off an appearance in the Big East tournament's final, the Bearcats look to be in a difficult place with the Longhorns in the Second Round.

Both teams played well this past season, but the Bearcats looked extremely sloppy in their loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the title game.

The Longhorns didn't look much better against the Missouri Tigers in the semifinals of the Big 12 tourney, but the Tigers later proved that they were the most dominant team in the tournament.

A potential matchup with Florida State in the Third Round will be a nice matchup for the Longhorns, which will either send them home or really propel them into the next few rounds.

 

No. 12 VCU Rams over No. 5 Wichita State

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Head coach Shaka Smart of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams reacts from the sidelines against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on Apri
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The Rams are heading back into the Big Dance after their incredible Final Four run just a year ago, so it will remain to be seen if coach Shaka Smart will be able to make some magic happen again this time around.

The Shockers only lost five games this season, but they did drop a game to Illinois State in their conference tournament, so they definitely are showing signs of weakness.

Even with the Rams success a year ago, the Shockers are still the favorites to win this matchup. They had defeats over UNLV and Creighton this season, but that usually means nothing in a one-and-done tournament.

The Shockers will have to be ready, as will any team who may possibly draw the Rams in the other rounds.

 

No. 11 NC State Wolfpack over the No. 6 San Diego State Aztecs

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10:  C.J. Leslie #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after being called for a travel against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the semifinals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March
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The Wolfpack may be entering the NCAA tournament as underdogs compared to the rest of the ACC, but this team has shown signs of greatness throughout the season.

They were never able to get past North Carolina Tar Heels this season, but they did make progress with each game. They lost the first to them by nearly 20 points, but improved that margin to just 12 in their second game. In the ACC tournament, they fell by just two points in the semifinals, but the Tar Heels were also without John Henson.

The Wolfpack will have to prove that they can play at that level against over opponents, and they should be able to take on the Aztecs in the second round.

It will remain to be seen how they will fare after the second, but they can surprise a lot of teams going forward.

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