March Madness Upsets: Cinderellas Whose Run is Sure to Extend into Next Weekend

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16:  Walter Offutt #3 of the Ohio Bobcats celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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You can count on the Ohio Bobcats and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks to continue their Cinderella runs in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Even though it's only through the first round, the tournament has been filled with plenty of drama and upsets. Just imagine if UNC-Asheville could have beaten Syracuse or St. Bonaventure upset Florida State.

The natural inclination with the lower-seeded teams is to think that they have already had their time in the spotlight after the first round.

However, there's two teams that won't end their magical run.


Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Although Norfolk State was also a No. 15 seed, Lehigh's upset of Duke has to be considered much bigger.

The Mountain Hawks have to riding a huge wave of confidence, and that's what this tournament is all about.

With one-off games like these, all it takes is one guy to get hot and go crazy.

Lehigh has that kind of player in C.J. McCollum. He scored 30 against the Blue Devils and averaged almost 22 points a game for the 2011-12 season.

Their second-round opponent, Xavier, offers tough opposition, but they're not unbeatable. They picked up early season losses to Oral Roberts and Long Beach State and lost to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 tournament.

Don't be shocked to see this 15 seed in the Sweet 16.


Ohio Bobcats

In hindsight, Ohio's upset of Michigan shouldn't have come as that big of a surprise.

The Bobcats are just two years removed from beating Georgetown as a No. 14 seed. They won the game by 14 points.

Possibly what works most in favor of Ohio is the road ahead.

In the second round, they face No. 12 South Florida. It won't be an easy game, but it's certainly better than having to play Temple.

Should OU get past the Bulls, then most likely a date with the Tar Heels would loom large. As good as UNC is, they aren't invincible. You have to wonder if John Henson will return, and if he does, how will his wrist affect him.

It would be crazy to say that Ohio could beat UNC, but if they can knock off South Florida, then they'll give the Tar Heels one heck of a game.