NCAA Brackets 2013: Updated Sleeper Teams to Watch in Next Round of Action

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 24, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 23:  Rob Baker #31 of the Wichita State Shockers celebrates his basket in front of Elias Harris #20 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during a 76-70 Wichita State win during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NCAA tournament has already thrown up a number of big upsets, with several sleeper teams emerging as genuine contenders this year.

Oregon, Minnesota, FGCU, Wichita State, Mississippi, La Salle, Iowa State, Harvard and California—all emerged as big upset winners in the round of 64, and will be looking to continue their winning ways in their upcoming tournament fixtures.

Not all of them will win—in fact, very few will likely win another game—but there are still plenty of upsets to watch out for in the next week of tournament action.

Who are the sleeper teams to watch for in the next round?

Read on and find out.


Ole Miss Rebels

Marshall Henderson is in incredible form for the Rebels at the moment, and as long as he's taking the court, it seems that Ole Miss will be tough to stop.

The star guard was very solid again in the Rebels' upset win over Wisconsin, and with a relatively easy run emerging in the tournament thanks to upsets around them, they could well find themselves in the Sweet 16 or even the Elite Eight come next week.

La Salle [14] upset Kansas State [4], so they won't have to play that team, and Wichita State [9] did the same to the No. 1 seed in Gonzaga. And given the run of form that they're in, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rebels emerge victorious from those games. 


Wichita State Shockers

It's probably hard to consider a team a "sleeper team" after it knocks off the No. 1 seed in its region, but the reality is that Wichita State wasn't even close to being on the radar heading into the tournament this year. Now, with two wins under their belt, the Shockers are through to the Sweet 16 and will be playing either the No. 12 or 13 seed for a spot in the Elite Eight.

Its incredible run of three-point shooting shown against Gonzaga proves just how deadly this team can be at its best. And with a favorable schedule ahead, which could even see Wichita State with an easy Elite Eight opponent should it get that far, it's hard not to consider the Shockers a big chance.


Oregon Ducks

It would be the biggest upset of the tournament should it beat Louisville in its Sweet 16 matchup, but Oregon is a genuine chance at winning through to the next round at March Madness this year.

The Ducks have notched up two incredibly impressive wins against No. 5 Oklahoma State (13-point victory) and against No. 4 Saint Louis (17-point victory). As a result, they must be considered a possible upset candidate against the top-seeded Cardinals.

Louisville have been very impressive so far in the tournament—as expected—but will need its defense to play very well to beat Oregon. Arsalan Kazemi is a monster inside for the Ducks whilst Damyean Dotson impresses greatly with his shooting as well.

An upset really isn't out of the question here for Oregon, as crazy as it would be.


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