The Top 6 Teams Most Likely to Upset the Favorites in the NCAA Tournament

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The Top 6 Teams Most Likely to Upset the Favorites in the NCAA Tournament
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Senior Brandon Triche could spur the Orange to an upset of top-seeded Indiana.

Let’s set the criteria for which teams we’re looking for here. 

Are these sleeper teams? No. Most play in power six conferences against the best teams in the NCAA and aren’t intimidated by higher seeds. They’re often on national television, have huge alumni bases and significant name recognition. It’s not their fault if you don’t know about them. 

Teams talented enough to take down the elite, but too inconsistent to be trusted with the sleeper status are exactly the type of profiles we’re considering.     

For one reason or another, these teams haven’t performed at an elite level, even if they have the personnel to do so. Some losses are inexplicable, but their victories suggest that the potential is there. Whether suspensions, injuries or simply inconsistency impacted their season is immaterial now. 

What matters is that these teams, based on their histories, have a chance to upend the favorites, throwing what’s already been a season rife with upsets into more postseason chaos. 

Don’t disregard the following teams because they didn't earn a top-three seed. Instead revere them for potentially upsetting the order of March. 

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