When you sit down to fill out your bracket each year, there is always the problem of the “unknown.” Which teams are going to disappoint, which teams are going to surprise and will my bracket be a winner in the pool I have entered when is all said and done?
What makes filling out a bracket so difficult to do is that you literally have no idea who will win. Sure a No. 16 seed has never defeated a No.1 seed before, but there are always four to six teams that are clear favorites to make the Final Four every year. You look a week later and two or three of those teams you picked to go deep in the tournament are out before the Elite Eight even starts. It’s what makes this time of year so fun to partake in.
You can literally follow every single team during the regular season and lose to someone who has never watched a single college basketball game in their life. It’s crazy right?
For the individuals that are still over-analyzing and trying desperately to fill their brackets out, here are some teams that could wreak havoc in your bracket this year.
There are teams who have been inconsistent at times this season, but when it comes to tournament time, they could be dialed in and ready to cause bracket chaos.
Pay attention to Power 6 Conference teams like Minnesota, NC State, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
The No. 11 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers with power forward Trevor Mbakwe are going to at least make the third round of the tournament. They get a UCLA team in the second round who will be without one of their top scorers, Jordan Adams.
NC State made a run last year in the tournament by advancing to the Sweet 16. They are a team that has not met expectations this season, but with players like C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell on the floor, they could present problems for Indiana in the third round.
Which team will have the most success?
The North Carolina Tar Heels may have lost to Miami in the ACC tournament championship, but that was one of their best performances of the season. The Tar Heels shot 44.8 percent from beyond the arc and P.J. Hairston scored 28 points. They will have a difficult second-round matchup with ninth-seeded Villanova, but if they get past them, they will get Kansas in the third round. The last time North Carolina was given a No. 8 seed was in 2000, and they happened to make the Final Four that year. Just take a few moments and think about it.
The Wisconsin Badgers, under head coach Bo Ryan, had a few bad losses this season, but still managed to almost won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament title. The Badgers came alive during the Big Ten tournament this past week, defeating both Michigan and Indiana. Mark the Badgers down to make their third-straight Sweet 16 appearance and even feel free to put them in your Elite Eight if you would like. They have a solid chance of knocking off No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.
Lastly, make sure to pay attention to these mid-major schools: Belmont, Colorado State, Montana, New Mexico, Saint Louis and Virginia Commonwealth. All could make noise in the tournament.
Hope this helps, as you attempt to put your perfect bracket together. Let the madness begin!