Determining bracket busters has become a way of life for those filling out their NCAA tournament selections. And with the constant state of flux around college basketball during the 2012-13 season, this season's Big Dance may come with more surprises than ever.
However, just because there will be upsets, that doesn't mean we'll see the Lehighs and Norfolk States take down the Dukes and Missouris of the world on the regular.
The problem is that most folks spend far too much time looking at the positives of these underdogs. Despite the hysterics surrounding the event, these are still basketball games when things are all said and done. Underdog X could be a fantastic, underrated team that can compete with the big dogs, but that matters not if they find themselves against a high-ranked team that can mitigate those positives.
That said, there is an opposite side to that coin—one far more interesting than "good teams win." Finding the correct matchups to exploit, the vulnerable top-seeded teams, is arguably even more important than picking your favorite mid-major—especially as the tournament goes along.
So keep that in mind as we take a look at these bracket-killing teams. Not all of the good bracket busters are going to lose in the first round. But if your favorite No. 1 seed is going to lose in the Sweet 16, that will break your bracket far more than the latest No. 12 over No. 5 upset.
We're looking at the whole tournament here, not just one round. So with that caveat out of the way, let's take a complete look at the squads likeliest to bust your bracket this March.
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