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Sweet 16 2012: NC State and Teams That Will Pull off Massive Upsets

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: C.J. Williams #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack walks off the court after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 19, 2012

After the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, the great teams have dominated or survived past their first two games. However, some underdogs are still lurking in the Sweet 16, ready to pull off a massive upset on Thursday or Friday. 

These three teams will bust your bracket if you had Syracuse, Kansas or Kentucky moving on to the Elite Eight or Final Four. 


Indiana Hoosiers

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  Will Sheehey #10 and Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrate along with their teammates after the Hoosiers as Bradford Burgess #20 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams is dejected after the Hoosiers 63-61 during the t
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Indiana may be a four seed, but this week they go up against the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats. A win for this young Hoosier team would be a huge upset over the talented Wildcats. 

When these two teams met earlier this year, Indiana won an amazing one-point game at home. 

The Hoosiers won because they shut down Terrance Jones and Anthony Davis to only 10 combined points. Aside from the suffocating defense, the Hoosiers were led by Christian Watford and his 20 points, five rebounds and four three pointers. 

This time around, Indiana will get another big game from Watford, while getting a solid game from Big Ten freshman of the year Cody Zeller, who will score 14 points and grab 11 rebounds. 


North Carolina State Wolfpack

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18:  Head coach Mark Gottfried of the North Carolina State Wolfpack walks off the court with Lorenzo Brown #2 after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena
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North Carolina State is a great team, despite being an 11-seed in the tournament. They’ve won six of their last seven games, with three of those wins by a double-digit margin. In fact, one of those blowout victories was a 14-point beatdown over the sixth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs. 

NC State has been led by a combination of two sophomores, C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown. The two have led the Wolfpack in their two NCAA tournament victories with 58 points and 28 rebounds combined. 

Kansas was lucky to get past Purdue in the third round and will have no answer for the play of Leslie and Brown. 


Wisconsin Badgers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 17:  Rob Wilson #33 and Jordan Taylor #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate their 60-57 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 17, 2012 in Albuque
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Wisconsin, like Indiana, is a four seed going up against a great No. 1 seed where a win will be a big upset. However, the Badgers may have an easier time defeating Syracuse than Indiana will over Kentucky because of the Orange missing a big piece to their defense, Fab Melo. 

If Syracuse had Melo available for this game, the Orange would have an answer for Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans. The two Wisconsin players combined for 23 points and 11 of Wisconsin's 27 rebounds against Vanderbilt to earn the right to play Syracuse in the Sweet 16.

Because Melo will miss this game, Syracuse will get dominated on the glass which will result in an upset win for the fourth-seeded Badgers over the top-seeded Orange.


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