No matter how many Anthony Davises or 2011-12 Kentucky teams there will be, fans will always remember the Lorenzo Charleses and 1982-83 North Carolina State teams more fondly.
When given the choice between cheering for an underdog or favorite, fans will almost always root for the underdog. Rocky over Clubber Lang; Diamondbacks over Yankees; Villanova over Georgetown. All upsets, fictional or not, that captivated a nation’s attention.
It’s natural. We root for the underdog because, psychologically, we all feel like the underdog. If Scrappy Doo from Private Liberal Arts College X can take down coach Mike Krzyzewski and his evil empire of robotic Duke minions, then anything can happen.
It’s the overarching reason that so many get obsessed with picking first-round underdogs on their bracket rather than who they actually took to win the national championship. Greatness is boring (for some)—upsets are fun and endearing.
Who are the players and teams that will make the nation swoon this season? Here is a breakdown of a few players and teams that are sure to capture the nation’s attention in the 2013 NCAA tournament.