March Madness is upon us, America, and millions of people are fervently filling out their brackets (print yours here).
There are some tricky matchups in Round 2 that could ruin your bracket, though.
Picking the top-seeded team isn't always the best strategy. There are some teams that are primed to break through some recent troubles to make a deep run, while others that have been cruising are ripe for defeat.
The following matchups are ones that must be examined properly before filling out your bracket. These contests will not go according to plan.
Marquette (3) vs. Davidson (14)
The smart move is to pick Davidson and its 17-game winning streak, right?
Not so fast.
While the Wildcats' winning streak is impressive, it's important to realize that this team has been winning against poor competition. Davidson has an RPI of 0.565, which ranks No. 61 in the nation. Steph Curry is long gone and the Wildcats won't be making a deep run.
Davidson scores a lot of points, thanks to a roster full of shooters, but the team struggles to rebound the ball, which will lead to its ultimate demise.
Marquette is battle tested and ready for the rigors of this tournament. Vander Blue and Davante Gardner are a dynamic guard/forward duo that will wreak havoc on Davidson's defense, and Marquette will move on to the next round.
Syracuse (4) vs. Montana (13)
How Syracuse managed a No. 4 seed is beyond me. This team struggled mightily down the stretch, totaling eight of its nine losses in the last 16 games of the season.
Furthermore, Syracuse lacks depth. The starting five can score points in bunches, but if any starters get into foul trouble early on, the Orange are doomed.
Montana is just the team to give Syracuse trouble, too. The Grizzlies shoot the lights out most nights, with a team field-goal percentage of 47.4 percent.
With seven players averaging at least five points a night—four of whom shoot at least 40 percent from behind the arc—Montana has the offensive firepower to overwhelm Syracuse in Round 2 and score a huge upset.
Arizona (6) vs. Belmont (11)
Arizona has been a team that's been hard to gauge all year long, simply because it hasn't faced much competition. Before the Pac-12 tournament, the Wildcats had only faced two ranked teams all season.
Then, UCLA defeated Arizona in the tournament, which only further added to the questions surrounding this team.
Up next for Arizona is one of the best mid-majors in the nation.
Belmont features an explosive offense that averages more than 77 points per game and one of the best backcourts in the nation, with Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson averaging 31.8 points per game.
If Belmont gets hot, Arizona will be headed home early.
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