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NCAA Tournament 2013 Bracket: High Seeds That Are Locks on Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21:  Kelly Olynyk #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts in the first half while taking on the Southern University Jaguars during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 21, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

Although the NCAA tournament has been full of big upsets already, you can expect some top seeds to assert their dominance on Saturday.

In the round of 32, you start to see some teams distancing themselves from the pack. You're not going to see the same kinds of upsets, as there are fewer lower seeds. Now is about sorting the haves from the have-nots.

It seems a perilous task to try to slot any team into the next round. Upsets of some top seeds have set the precedent that no team is safe. The gap between the top teams and mid-majors continues to close, meaning fewer huge blowouts.

While it's impossible to guarantee a team will advance, here are three teams you should feel confident booking through to the Sweet 16.

 

Louisville Cardinals

The Louisville Cardinals made quick work of the North Carolina A&T Aggies. Rick Pitino had his squad really motivated for this game, and it dominated from start to finish, eventually winning 79-48.

Louisville is coming in on a great run, winning 14 of its last 15 games. The team is looking very dominant at this point.

The Colorado State Rams aren't a great defensive team, so they could have a hard time stopping a Louisville team that can call upon Peyton Siva and Russ Smith.

Few players have established themselves as stars this year. The Cardinals have one of those players in Smith. He's got a wealth of talent and can take this tournament over. Smith went for 23 points and eight steals in the win over the Aggies.

 

Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans could have a tough time against the Memphis Tigers. The Spartans really bullied the Valparaiso Crusaders en route to a 65-54 win. Michigan State isn't going to be able to crash the boards in the same way against a strong rebounding team like Memphis.

Keith Appling and Gary Harris will be the difference-makers. Appling has not been playing up to his ability but had a good showing against Valpo. He needs to continue building on that. Harris, on the other hand, didn't have a good performance, only shooting 4-of-11, so he's got something to prove.

Overall, the two teams' post games could cancel out, so the combination of Appling and Harris is better than Memphis' duo of Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford.

 

Gonzaga Bulldogs

One of the worst things the Wichita State Shockers could have hoped for was for the Gonzaga Bulldogs to struggle in their first game of the tournament.

The Zags were most likely guilty of overlooking the Southern Jaguars. They didn't play all that badly but allowed Southern to hit 10 three-pointers. That helped the Jaguars hang around for way too long.

There should be no doubt that the Bulldogs are a very good basketball team. They have played in the West Coast Conference for years, but that hasn't stopped them from making deep runs before.

Mark Few has his most talented Gonzaga squad ever. It will be motivated to make fans forget about the Southern game and display why it has only lost two games all season.

 

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