March Madness 2013 Picks: Surprise Picks from Field of 64

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2013

March 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Johnathan Loyd (10) celebrates after the championship game of the Pac 12 tournament against the UCLA Bruins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oregon defeated UCLA 78-69. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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For those of you who like to shake up your bracket and get a little crazy, this one's for you.

If you're that guy who generally plays it safe and picks the favorite, shield your eyes and find the nearest exit.

March Madness is full of upsets and you may want to think about considering the potential for the following bracket busters. 


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

As winners of three straight, the Oregon Ducks enter their matchup with Oklahoma State with the hot hand.

Freshman guard Dominic Artis is back and has Oregon playing at a high level while the Cowboys have won just two of their last four games and are coming off of an 11-point loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 semis.

Carlos Emory provided a nice spark off the bench (20 points and four rebounds) in the Ducks' most recent win over UCLA, and I think Oregon's bench gives it a great shot to knock off Oklahoma State in the second round.


West: No. 11 Belmont over No. 6 Arizona

Belmont and Arizona enter their matchup going in opposite directions, as the Bruins are riding a six-game winning streak while the Wildcats have been losers in three of their last five.

Senior guard Ian Clark (18 points per game) is leading a Belmont team that ranks fourth in the country in field-goal percentage, with a .494 mark.

With Arizona coming off a tough two-point loss to UCLA, look for the Bruins to take advantage of a vulnerable Wildcats squad. 


South: No. 10 Oklahoma over No. 7 San Diego State

With Romero Osby (15.8 points per game and seven rebounds per game) leading the way for the Sooners, Oklahoma is poised for an upset of the San Diego State Aztecs.

Both teams enter this matchup coming off of losses, but the Sooners have a better scoring offense.

This one may be a stretch to some, but Oklahoma over San Diego State is one of my boldest potential upset picks of the tournament.


East: No. 10 Colorado over No. 7 Illinois

I like the Colorado Buffaloes in this game because of the rebounding edge that Colorado will receive from Andre Roberson on the glass.

Aside from that, Illinois has won only two of its last six games while the Buffaloes will be prepared for the Fighting Illini after going 10-8 in a tough Pac-12 Conference.

Already boasting a road win at Oregon, the Buffaloes will notch another win against a top team when they oust Illinois in the second round.


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