NCAA Brackets 2013: Second-Round Upsets You Can Count On
We all love a good upset, don't we?
Every year, the NCAA tournament sees some of the most shocking upsets in sports—they don't call it March Madness for nothing—and that trend will continue during the 2013 tournament.
So who's on upset alert this year?
No. 11 Belmont over No. 6 Arizona
The Belmont Bruins enter this matchup coming off an overtime win against Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference finals while Arizona is coming off a Pac-12 semifinals loss to UCLA.
The 26-6 Bruins are led by senior guard Ian Clark, who's averaging better than 18 points per game.
With Clark shooting the three ball lights out and Arizona having trouble defending beyond the arc, Belmont is poised for the upset.
Belmont doesn't have many flashy victories this season, but the Bruins are riding a six-game winning streak and appear to be clicking on all cylinders.
The Wildcats have lost three of their last five games and may very well be on upset alert in the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament as long as Belmont contains Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons.
No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Oklahoma St.
The 26-8 Oregon Ducks are deserving of a higher seed and have plenty of impressive wins to prove that point, including two victories over UCLA and wins over UNLV and Arizona.
The return of freshman guard Dominic Artis makes the Ducks a dangerous squad come tourney time while senior forward E.J. Singler continues to lead Oregon in scoring.
The Ducks enter this matchup winners of three straight while Oklahoma St. has lost two of its last four, most recently a 68-57 loss to Kansas St. in the Big 12 semifinals.
The Cowboys have plenty of losses this season to tourney teams, including Gonzaga, Kansas St., Oklahoma and Iowa St.
With Oregon surging, look for the Ducks to knock off the Cowboys.
No. 10 Colorado over No. 7 Illinois
Winners of just two of its last six games, Illinois should be on upset alert when it faces Colorado in the NCAA tournament.
Illinois has its share of impressive victories and dismal losses this season, but Colorado has one win that jumps off the page: A victory at Oregon, where the Ducks only lost three times all season.
The Buffaloes enter the tourney having been battle-tested in a tough Pac 12 conference while the Illini come into the tournament having been destroyed by Indiana in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
As long as Spencer Dinwiddie shows up for Colorado, I think the Buffaloes will have the rebounding edge with the likes of Andre Roberson dominating the glass.
A win over the Fighting Illini is just what an up-and-coming team like Colorado needs.
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