NCAA Bracket 2013: Lower Seeds Most Likely to Enter Elite Eight

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NCAA Bracket 2013: Lower Seeds Most Likely to Enter Elite Eight
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March Madness is the high season for dramatic buzzer-beaters, fast-paced games and upsets.

This tournament is shaping up to be nothing less than phenomenal, as there are several teams that look poised to travel much farther than the seeding would indicate.

Here are a few of those teams.

 

Oregon

 On Selection Sunday, Oregon was one of the first teams that made fans cry foul. The Ducks were picked as a No. 12 seed despite winning the Pac-12 tournament and going 26-8 in the regular season. 

Oregon is facing Oklahoma State in the second round of the tournament, which is absolutely a winnable game for the Ducks. If Oregon manages to get past the winner of the Saint Louis vs. New Mexico State matchup, then it will most likely face the No. 1 seed Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen. 

An Oregon upset over Louisville would most likely be the biggest upset of the tournament, and it would require Louisville to play as poorly as it did during the first half of the Big East championship game.

 

Northwestern State

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The No. 14 seed Northwestern State Demons are facing off against No. 3 Florida Gators in the second round of the tournament.

Northwestern State is first in the nation in points and 13th in rebounding, so don’t be surprised if the team pulls off an upset against Florida, which has lost two games against unranked teams in the last 10 days. 

In the next round awaits the winner of the Minnesota vs. UCLA matchup, both of which are opponents Northwestern State can overcome.

Minnesota is struggling and has lost seven out of its last 10. UCLA lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament and did not seem that impressive. 

If Northwestern State makes it to the Sweet Sixteen, then it will square off against Georgetown Hoyas (barring any upsets). It’s going to take a lot for the Demons to get past the Hoyas, but bigger miracles have happened.

 

Montana

Montana is entering the tournament with a six-game winning streak and full of confidence after winning the Big Sky tournament. Syracuse, Montana’s second-round matchup could not have had a worse preparation for the Big Dance than losing the Big East tournament championship game.   

In the next round, Montana would have to defeat the winner of the UNLV vs. California game.

Montana is 23rd inn field-goal percentage and would have to play incredibly efficiently against either of these teams that are 137th and 102nd respectively. 

The final barrier between Montana and the Elite Eight would most likely be Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana has already lost four games to unranked teams and could easily lose to another one. 

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