NIT Bracket 2013: Second-Round Upsets to Watch for

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 21, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - DECEMBER 20:  Russell Johnson #34 of the Robert Morris Colonials drives to the basket against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on December 20, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Colonials 79-74.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The NIT Tournament already produced the biggest upset of the postseason when Robert Morris stunned Kentucky in the opening round of the tournament.

Several other teams followed that act in the first round—leaving us eagerly expectant of further upsets and stunning results in the tournament's second round.

Read on to see which teams and games could satisfy those expectations in the NIT round of 16.


Robert Morris (8) over Providence (4)

Robert Morris' stunning victory over Kentucky in the first round showed that this team has some serious talent, and can mix it with the best in the tournament. Granted the Wildcats were nowhere near as good as they were two months ago, but the reality is that the Colonials' victory was completely unexpected yet completely deserved as a result of their defensive solidity.

You would have to think that the confidence gained from such a win sets them up for a potential second-round upset over Providence.

They beat Charlotte comfortably in their first game, but given the lack of experience on their roster (just one senior), Robert Morris could well exploit the Friars.

Look for the Colonials to try and shut down the Friars' offense much like they did Kentucky, and then ride their momentum to another victory here. 


Mercer (7) over BYU (3)

Much like Robert Morris, Mercer too recorded an incredible upset when they beat the Tennessee Volunteers 75-67 in their first-round game. 

Travis Smith was simply electric for the Bears—picking up a career-high 25 points—and will now carry them into a second-round game against BYU.

And while it might seem like a straightforward win for BYU, it's hard to rule out Mercer here. Especially after what they did to Tennessee.

According to some of the Volunteers' players, the lack of time to prepare for Mercer (thinking they were going to the NCAA tournament themselves) made it difficult to beat the Bears. And if that's the case, you would have to say that BYU also fall into that category as well, given that they would largely have been expecting to be playing Tennessee.

Some BYU players had already discussed playing against the Vols, so don't be surprised to see them struggle against a Mercer team they weren't expecting.

Tennessee did, so what's to say that BYU won't also?


Stony Brook (7) over Iowa (3)

Stony Brook scored a big win over the No. 2 seed Massachusetts in their first-round game to book their spot in the second round. And they didn't just get past the Minutemen; they emphatically dispatched them with a blistering period of offense (and defense) late in the first half.

Trailing 25-21 with over seven minutes remaining in the first half, the Seawolves' offense kicked into gear and started to make some big shots. Moreover, their defense started to make big plays at the other end also as Stony Brook started to get on a roll.

They would finish the half with 38 points, whilst the Minutemen would not add to their total. Stony Brook, incredibly, closed the half on a 17-0 run.

Regardless of who their opponents are in the second round (scheduled to play Iowa), the Seawolves must be considered a big threat here. Given how dominant they were in that seven minutes, it's hard to rule them out from doing the same to any opponent at the tournament here.

If they can spread that seven minutes out to the cover an entire game, they'll make themselves a very formidable matchup in the rest of the tournament.


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