March Madness 2013 Bracket: Breaking Down Potential Upsets in Round of 32

Ryan DavenportContributor IMarch 22, 2013

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 21:  Dominic Artis #1, Ben Carter #32, Arsalan Kazemi #14, Johnathan Loyd #10 and E.J. Singler #25 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate their 68 to 55 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at HP Pavilion on March 21, 2013 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Now that the round of 64 at the 2013 NCAA tournament is history, the attention now moves to the round of 32, which is typically where the cream of the crop rises to the top, and the upsets are much fewer and farther between. 

During the round of 32, we saw countless upsets, with a No. 2, a No. 3, a No. 4 and a pair of No. 5 seeds all sent home far earlier than expected, but that won't be the case in the next round. 

Instead, it's likely that we could see an upset or two, but not many of the magnitude that we saw in the opening round, simply because it would entail an underdog knocking off two giants in a row, which doesn't happen as often unless you're Butler or George Mason. 

That being said, there are a handful of teams that were thought of as nearly sure bets that will be flying home by the time the round of 32 commences, and here's a look at the ones that have the best chances to advance further. 



The No. 12 Ducks already pulled off an impressive upset over No. 5 Oklahoma State, but things will get tougher when they take on No. 4 Saint Louis in the round of 32. 

Luckily for Oregon fans, the Ducks have picked a good time to play some of their best basketball of the year, and the team looked in control against the Cowboys from the opening tip. 

Some of this is because Oregon shouldn't really be a No. 12 seed. With Dominic Artis in the lineup, the Ducks are 21-4 and are coming off of a dominant showing at the Pac-12 tournament that culminated in a decisive victory over No. 21 UCLA in the title game. 

The Ducks can definitely play when it matters, and if they can keep building momentum following a pair of impressive wins, they just might be able to knock off Saint Louis. 


Ole Miss 

This isn't an upset, because in reality, the No. 12 Rebels will be the higher seed when they take on No. 13 La Salle in the round of 32. 

Both teams are coming off of huge upsets—Ole Miss over No. 5 Wisconsin and La Salle over No. 4 Kansas State—but simply put, Ole Miss looks like a better bet to make the Sweet Sixteen. 

Marshall Henderson won't have another bad night of shooting (though he still put up 19), and La Salle won't jump out to another 19-point lead as its opponent shoots just 1-of-8 from the behind the arc.

La Salle certainly could win this game, but the Rebels have all the tools to play a controlled, defensive style and earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen. 

It's not an upset by definition, but there aren't many who believed the Rebels would be left standing after two full rounds of play. 



It wasn't easy, but the No. 12 Cal Golden Bears pulled off a shocker when they took down the No. 5 UNLV Runnin' Rebels 64-61 in the round of 64. 

And their reward? 

Facing the No. 4 Syracuse Orange, who are only coming off of a blowout win over Montana. 

Now, the Golden Bears, who out-shot UNLV in every area other than from the charity stripe, will have to be even better offensively to take down Jim Boeheim's team, who are as athletic on defense as virtually any team in the field. 

It's not impossible, but they'll need repeat standout performances out of Allen Crabbe and Robert Thurman on offense and another stingy outing on the defensive side of the basketball, because the Orange are loaded with elite-level talent.