NCAA Upsets: High-Seeded Teams That Will Be Tested in Round of 64

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2013

Mar 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) controls the ball against Michigan State Spartans guard Gary Harris (14) in the first half during the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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Nothing is ever easy in the NCAA tournament. Some top seeds will be in for a tough time right out of the gate.

Every year it seems like a team picked by many to go deep in the tournament is knocked out on the first day of action. It certainly does not take long for the majority of America to be forced to rip up their brackets.

While these teams all have an opportunity to have a good run to the Final Four and beyond, it's important not to look ahead of their round of 64 matchups. Otherwise, their talented opponents will walk away with a huge upset.


No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 Davidson

Buzz Williams was not happy when he saw that his Marquette Golden Eagles were scheduled to face No. 14 Davidson in the opening game. He thought his opponent was severely underseeded, and when comparing the team, he said (via Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer):

He is absolutely right on that point, as Marquette has only made 30.1 percent of three-point shots this season. While the squad has generally done a good job getting its points near the basket, the lack of outside shooting will hurt in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Davidson is a well-coached team that can find open shots and hit them with consistency. This is also a veteran squad with six of the seven main rotational guys being upperclassmen. 

After a close loss to Louisville in last year's tournament, expect the Wildcats to try and beat another Big East team this time around.


No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Iona 

Ohio State is one of the hottest teams in college basketball after winning the Big Ten tournament.

While the Buckeyes have the talent to make a deep run in the wide-open West region, Iona is not the type of team to look past. 

Lamont Jones is the nation's third-leading scorer at 23 points per game, while David Laury is a solid inside presence who averages a double-double on the season. The Gaels also shoot very well from the outside, something that will allow them to counter Ohio State's solid defense. 

Deshaun Thomas is a very good scorer, but sometimes the rest of the team doesn't give him much help offensively. If Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft struggle to put points on the board, this is could end up being a very close game decided in the last couple of possessions.

It is important to remember that Missouri lost to a No. 15 seed last year after winning its conference tournament, so this would not be unprecedented. Thad Matta has to make sure the Buckeyes do not look past their first game or else it will be in giant trouble.


No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast

This game will be close due to Georgetown's style of play. The Hoyas have one of the best defenses in the country and they prevent many teams from even reaching 50 points in games.

However, the offense has struggled with consistency. If not for Otto Porter's heroics, the 247th-ranked offense in the country would be much worse.

While the lack of scoring has not always hurt them, games have been much closer than they should be this year. Georgetown was only able to win by single-digits in games against Liberty, Duquesne and Towson.

Florida Gulf Coast might be a No. 15 seed, but this squad has some impressive performances this year. Earlier in the season, the Eagles beat Miami by 12 points. While the Hurricanes did not have Durand Scott, this is still a good win.

There is little doubt that the score will be close in this one, although Porter should give the Hoyas and advantage late. However, things would get interesting if senior Sherwood Brown shoots like he is capable of for the Eagles.

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