March Madness 2013: Cinderellas with the Best Chances to Reach Sweet 16

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 23, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 22:  Marshall Henderson #22 of the Ole Miss Rebels celebrates their 57-46 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In the NCAA tournament, any team seeded 11th or lower should be considered a Cinderella—especially in the first round. That rule hasn't been written anywhere—until now—but it makes sense.

The teams seeded 11th and lower had to defeat teams seeded at least five spots higher. Those wins have to be considered upsets.

Through two rounds, we've seen a handful of Cinderella teams move on, but how many of them have a chance to win another game?

Here's a look at the lower seeds with the best shot to reach the Sweet 16.


No. 12 Oregon Ducks

I have the Ducks going to the Sweet 16, and that's no disrespect to the fourth-seeded Saint Louis Billikens. They play great defense and they execute their equal-opportunity offense extremely well.

However, I'm more impressed with the Ducks every time I see them, and their confidence is at an all-time high right now.

They won the Pac-12 tournament and then knocked off the fifth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys on Thursday. Freshman Damyean Dotson has been great in his last four games, averaging 15 points, and I think the Ducks will reach the Sweet 16.


No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels

This is kind of like cheating because the 12th-seeded Rebels face the 13th-seeded La Salle Explorers, so technically one Cinderella squad is guaranteed to reach the Sweet 16.

I'm taking Ole Miss for many of the same reasons I favor the Ducks in their matchup.

This is another team that is playing its best basketball at the right time of the year. The Rebels also won their conference tournament and rode that momentum into an upset win over Wisconsin.

Marshall Henderson is proving to be a prime-time scorer. He came into the tournament averaging 20.1 points per game, and he remained consistent by scoring 19 against a tough Badgers defense.

La Salle deserves tons of credit for jumping to a big lead over Kansas State and then holding on for the victory, but they won't derail the Rebels' trip to the Sweet 16.


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