Printable NCAA Bracket 2013: Breakdown and Prediction for Each 12-5 Matchup

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIMarch 20, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 17:  Marshall Henderson #22 of the Ole Miss Rebels reacts in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Basketball Tournament Championship game at Bridgestone Arena on March 17, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 12-5 matchups are infamous for producing upsets, but it is still incredibly difficult to know which No. 5 seeds are vulnerable and which ones will take care of business. 

Last year, two of the four 12-5 games resulted in the lower seed moving on. The year before that, only one No. 12 seed was able to earn a victory in the Round of 64. 

Fox Sports’ Jay Clemons notes that 30 No. 12 seeds have won their opening games in the last 20 years, putting the probability of an upset in these contests at 38 percent. 

Here is a link to a printable PDF of the bracket, and one to a live bracket that will be constantly updated throughout the tournament. Here’s everything you need to know about each 12-5 game.

Note: statistics courtesy of and betting lines via Bovada.  


Midwest: No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Oregon

Where: HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

When: Thursday, March 21, 4:40 p.m. ET

Betting Line: Oklahoma State -3.5

Oregon is a shockingly good No. 12 seed after winning the Pac-12 tournament. The Ducks are stout on defense and rank 16th in the nation in defensive efficiency.

However, the Cowboys also play extremely tough defense and rank ninth in that category. The team will be counting on star freshman Marcus Smart to score enough points to give them the edge in this defensive battle.

But the Ducks have an experienced team with several seniors who play important roles. This, and a significantly lighter travel burden than the one Oklahoma State faces, will give Oregon the edge in a close game.

Prediction: Oregon 64, Oklahoma State 60


South: No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Akron

Where: The Palace of Auburn hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.

When: Thursday, March 21, 9:45 p.m. ET

Betting Line: VCU -7.5

There was a time when Akron looked like a potential sleeper, but starting point guard Alex Abreu’s indefinite suspension for a drug-related arrest thew a wrench in the Zips’ wheel. 

Center Zeke Marshall is still a quality player who provides a major defensive presence on the low block, but this team will not be able to handle Shaka Smart’s high-octane offense. 

The Rams will follow Treveon Graham to another excellent scoring night and they will avoid an upset in this matchup.

Prediction: VCU 72, Akron 58


West: No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Ole Miss

Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

When: Friday, March 22, 12:40 p.m. ET

Betting Line: Wisconsin -6

These two teams will bring wildly different styles into this game, and it should make for an entertaining matchup.

The Rebels will need fiery guard Marshall Henderson to deliver an impressive offensive performance to have a shot in this game, and he will have to do this against an extremely tough Wisconsin defense. 

The Badgers rank third in the nation in defensive efficiency, and all five guys on the court defend as a unit for Bo Ryan. Wisconsin is too disciplined on the defensive end of the floor to lose this game.

Prediction: Wisconsin 67, Ole Miss 59


East: No. 5 UNLV vs. No. 12 California 

Where: HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

When: Thursday, March 21, 7:27 p.m. ET 

Betting Line: UNLV -2.5

This will be another evenly contested 12-5 matchup, and there is little to separate these two teams.

UNLV also relies heavily on a freshman for offense, and if Anthony Bennett has a poor shooting night the Rebels do not have any other reliable options. 

But Cal also struggles offensively, and this will not be a high-scoring matchup. However, both teams play fantastic defense. In the end, the Bears do not have enough post play to limit Bennett, and he will be the difference in this game.

Prediction: UNLV 58, California 55


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