NCAA Bracket 2013: Teams That Will Continue to Bust Brackets in Round of 32
Like buzzer beaters and clutch performances, bracket-busting upsets are a part of March. They're unavoidable and most of the time, unpredictable.
With the 2013 NCAA Tournament's round of 64 more than halfway completed, college basketball fans must brace themselves for another round of stunning, bracket-shattering results.
In the spirit of upsets, let's take a closer look at three teams that don't care about your bracket.
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No. 9 Wichita State Shockers
No, No. 9 Wichita State over No. 8 Pittsburgh wasn't a bracket-busting upset. But No. 9 Wichita State over No. 1 Gonzaga would be.
The two teams will meet on Saturday night in Salt Lake City, and after watching the Shockers thoroughly beat the Panthers in the round of 64 on Thursday, there are tons of reasons to love Gregg Marshall's team this weekend.
For one, the Shockers beat Pitt by 18 points despite shooting just 38 percent from the field and 10 percent from beyond the arc.
Plus, Wichita State is a great rebounding team and knows how to get to the foul line. The Shockers reeled in 30 boards (10 offensive) in Thursday's win, and went 33-for-41 from the free-throw stripe.
Senior guard Malcolm Armstead and junior forward Cleanthony Early combined to score 43 points in the win over Pitt. Look for those two upperclassmen to come up big for the Shockers on Saturday as they look to pull off a colossal upset out West.
No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels
Many college basketball experts liked No. 5 Wisconsin to reach the Sweet 16 in 2013, but that was before Friday, before Marshall Henderson and the Ole Miss Rebels held the Badgers to just 46 points in a convincing victory in Kansas City.
Although it wasn't a jaw-dropping upset, Ole Miss' victory smashed plenty of brackets around the nation. But the Rebels' run won't end this weekend.
Andy Kennedy's squad is one of the highest scoring teams in the country this season, averaging over 78 points per game. Plus, the Rebels boast one of the nation's top scorers in Henderson, who's averaging 20 points per game this year. Yes, Henderson only hit six of his 21 shot attempts in the round of 64, but he did reach the 19-point mark.
If those shots start going in, look out.
Ole Miss will play the winner of No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 La Salle on Sunday, and after watching the Rebels dominate Wisconsin on both sides of the ball in the second half on Friday, it's safe to say that Henderson and company aren't done dancing just yet—regardless of who they'll take on.
No. 14 Harvard Crimson
While no one saw Harvard's upset win over New Mexico coming on Thursday, it's certainly not surprising that the Crimson were able to come away with a bracket-busting victory over the Mountain West champs.
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Tommy Amaker's squad played at a slow pace throughout and executed consistently on offense. Harvard hit a 8-of-18 shots from downtown, and over 52 percent of its field goals. Therefore, despite being out-rebounded and turning the ball over slightly more often, Harvard was able to win by a comfortable margin.
But Harvard's outside shooting clinic was no random explosion. This team ranks sixth in the country in three-point shooting (40.3 percent) and can play at an annoying pace, one that will give No. 6 Arizona fits on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
The Wildcats aren't a phenomenal offensive team, so if Harvard can limit their possessions by playing a slow-paced game, there's no reason why they won't be marching on to the Sweet 16.
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