NCAA Brackets 2013: Low-Seeded Teams That Are Early Round Locks

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 21, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 02: Jake Cohen #15 of the Davidson Wildcats concentrates at the free throw line against the Duke Blue Devils at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 2, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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March Madness is coming closer with every passing moment, as last-minute predictions and assessments are made about which teams stand the best chances at success in this year's bracket (printable version available here).

We all want that surprise upset selection in our bracket that nobody saw coming—giving us an advantage on all the other brackets out there. We all want to be that guy or girl who is the envy of everyone for having a bracket that isn't completely filled with crosses.

The good news is that this year, you can have that bracket. 

Plenty of low-seeded teams stand a great chance to win their opening games, and many more are absolute guarantees to move through to the third round.

Read on to see the low-seeded teams that are early round locks for 2013.


Minnesota Gophers [11]—South Region

UCLA—with their second-best scorer in Jordan Adams not available—is an extremely vulnerable team heading into the tournament's Round of 64. 

The Bruins are solely dependent on Shabazz Muhammad on the attack, and if the Gophers can restrict the dominant guard at all, that will go a long way toward winning this one.

Especially given the talent Michigan has on hand, they have a squad more than capable of making a deep run through the tournament this year.

There's no way Minnesota deserves to be an No. 11 seed given their skills on both offense and defense, and there's no way UCLA (without Adams) is a No. 6 seed. Those two factors combined should give the Gophers a comfortable win in their Round of 64 game. 


Davidson Wildcats [14]—East Region

Davidson has won 17 straight games coming into their Round of 64 clash against Marquette (yes, you read that number correctly—17 straight games).

The Wildcats are simply flying at the moment and are currently averaging better than a point per possession in 2013. Which, against a consistent but unspectacular Marquette side, could see them seriously challenge the No. 3 seed for the win.

Davidson has essentially the same squad on hand for this one as they did when they beat Kansas in Kansas City in 2011. And if they can get their shots to fall early here—like they did in that one—they have a very strong chance of booking a spot in the Round of 32.


Ole Miss Rebels [12]—West Region 

The Ole Miss Rebels are riding the hot hand of Marshall Henderson at the moment, and with five straight wins and an SEC Tournament victory, it's pretty safe to say he's doing a good job for them.

Henderson is hitting his shots from everywhere on the court and giving the Rebels a lot of confidence in their ability to cause an upset in this one.

A matchup against a strong defensive team like Wisconsin, that doesn't offer too much on the offensive end, is exactly what the Rebels would have wanted. They're likely to seriously challenge the No. 5 seed here.

The Badgers' strong defense works against teams that like to spread the ball and work their way into an offensive pattern.

Ole Miss will likely come out firing with Henderson. If his shots start to fall, Wisconsin could be forced to play catch-up basketball.

A game we're not completely sure they can thrive at.


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