NCAA Brackets: Double-Digit Seeds Poised to Go Deep in 2013 Tournament

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIMarch 18, 2013

March 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon Ducks forward E.J. Singler (25) shoots against the UCLA Bruins during the second half of the championship game of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oregon defeated UCLA 78-69. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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When filling out an NCAA bracket, everyone wants to know one thing: Who's this year's Cinderella story going to be?

With March Madness underway, you can almost be certain that some low-seeded team is going to push the competition to the max.

And unless you have that team selected in your bracket, things are sure to get messed up fast.

Here to try and spread a little clarity, we're breaking down some double-digit seeded teams to watch out for during 2013's NCAA tournament.


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Oregon, No. 12 Seed in Midwest

After going 12-6 in Pac-12 play and winning the conference tournament—which included a finals win over UCLA—it's a little surprising to see Oregon seeded so low.

The Ducks really are a strong basketball team. They run a strong offense that averages 71.7 points per game, and are one of the Pac-12's best at spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved.

Defensively, they're posed for March success. Not only are the Ducks the Pac-12's best rebounding team, they're also very good at creating opportunistic turnovers and taking advantage of them.

Oregon's biggest challenges will come in the round of 32 and Sweet 16. As long as it can upset Oklahoma State, it will have to find ways through No. 4 Saint Louis and No. 1 Louisville.

A tall order, but one the Ducks can handle. They've trumped top-tier teams before and have all the makings of a strong March team.

With efficient scoring and stout defense, this team brings a great one-two punch against any opponent.


Ole Miss, No. 12 Seed in West

After a dominating month, the Ole Miss Rebels deserve way more respect than a No. 12 seed.

Not only have they won their last eight out of 10 games, they also coasted their way to an SEC conference tournament victory last weekend.

The Rebels are one of the best scoring teams out there, racking up 77.9 points a game. As a team, they shoot 43.8 percent from the field.

It may not always be efficient (they only hit 68.4 percent from the line and 33 percent from beyond the arc), but they always rack up the points.

And just like Oregon, Ole Miss has the kind of defense you want in March. It knows how to force turnovers and rebounds very well.

The Rebels won't have the easiest time in the West (they draw No. 5 Wisconsin in the round of 64), but they have the makings of a team that can push deep. If the shooting stays hot, they'll be very hard to beat.


Davidson, No. 14 Seed in East

Entering as the No. 14 seed in the East region, Davidson might be the most efficient team in the tournament.

Averaging 73.7 points a game, the Wildcats shoot 46.3 percent from the field. That's accompanied by 36.9 percent from three-point range and a ridiculous 80.1 percent from the line.

Not to mention they're one of the best at spreading the ball around. They have two players who average double-digit points per game, while five others average at least 7.3.

The biggest knock against Davidson is defense. While it pressures opposing offense quite well, it's not the best rebounding or turnover-inducing squad.

The Wildcats have a tough tournament road ahead (they get No. 3 Marquette in the round of 64), but we've seen how good their offensive efficiency can be in March.

Even with the deck stacked against it, there's no reason to underestimate Davidson in this year's tourney.