NCAA Tournament 2013: Who Will Be This Year's Bracket Buster?

Jonathan MunshawCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2013

The Southern Conference's champion Davidson looks primed for a run at the Sweet 16 in this year's NCAA tournament.
The Southern Conference's champion Davidson looks primed for a run at the Sweet 16 in this year's NCAA tournament.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

In last year's NCAA tournament, only five of the Sweet 16 teams were ranked below a No. 4 seed, one of those teams being No. 13 Ohio.

While Ohio ended up falling to North Carolina, there are two mid-major teams who are looking to make it just as far as the Bobcats did last year. 

Davidson and Creighton have both locked up their automatic bids because of tournament wins in their respective conferences and are looking to make a run in 2013 to the Sweet 16 and beyond.

Davidson got off to a great start in their postseason, winning the Southern Conference's championship by beating Charleston 74-55.

The Wildcats shot 55 percent from the floor in that game and 25 percent from beyond the three-point line. 

Davidson's defense was equally impressive, holding Charleston to just less than 30 percent shooting.

Forwards Jake Cohen and De'Mon Brooks have dominated opponents this season, leading Davidson to a 26-7 overall record.

Cohen averages 14.8 points per game, while Brooks averages just a point less. Brooks has also been bullying opposing teams on the boards, averaging a little over six rebounds per game and picking up eight against Charleston.

The Wildcats' run in the Southern Conference tournament built on their winning steak, making it 17 wins in a row for Davidson after starting off the season 9-7. 


A team that ranks in the top 50 in the country for points and shooting percentage should never be overlooked in the tournament, and Davidson looks primed to make a run for the Sweet 16, pulling a few upsets along the way.

However, they'll have to buck their school's recent trend of NCAA tournament appearances, as they have lost in the first round in seven of their last eight appearances in the tournament.

Just as likely to make the round of 16 is Creighton, the Missouri Valley champion for 2013.

The Bluejays have been resting since March 10, after they defeated Wichita State in the final round of the Missouri Valley tournament 68-65.

Creighton ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage, and fourth in assists per game, making them one of the best offenses in the country.

While Creighton seemed to be in the top 25 all season, a lot of higher seeds will overlook a team from the Missouri Valley Conference. 

The Bluejays will likely land a No. 8 or No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament, but they will be a dangerous foe for anyone in the first three rounds.

Junior forward Doug McDermott is a nightmare for opposing defenses, averaging 23.1 points per game, shooting 56 percent from the floor.

A lack of experience could hurt Creighton, however, as they didn't face a ranked team all season. But the team has won at least 20 games in the past two seasons, and the program has made it to the Sweet 16 three times in their history.

If Creighton can keep up the offensive production, they won't be an easy out for any team come tournament time. 

Both Creighton and Davidson have solid chances to make it through the first few rounds, and could make it even farther. Neither team is a big name heading into the tournament and can surprise some teams with their offensive production.