NCAA Tournament 2013: Most Dangerous Teams in Each Bracket

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2013

December 15, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) misses a dunk over West Virginia Mountaineers guard Terry Henderson (15) during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan is the most dangerous team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament's South Region, and it is poised to defeat Kansas in the Sweet 16.

Each bracket features one team nobody wants to face. 

These teams are playing like champions right now, and it's going to take a perfect storm from their opponents to defeat them. 

In this column, we'll be focusing on the scariest teams in all four brackets as we head into the Sweet 16.


Midwest: Louisville No. 1 seed

The Cardinals feature one of the most disruptive defenses in the nation, and the team's regular season dominance on the defensive side of the ball has blossomed in the tournament. 

Louisville gave up just 57.6 points per game (No. 14 in the nation) during the regular season and has allowed just 104 points in its two tourney games. The team averaged 11 steals per game in the regular season (No. 2 in the NCAA) and has forced an astonishing 31 steals in its two games thus far. 

Making matters worse for upcoming Cardinals' opponents is the fact that junior guard Russ Smith has been incredibly deadly from the perimeter, hitting 17-of-31 field-goal attempts for 50 points in his first two games. 

Oregon is up next for Louisville, and though the Ducks have been one of the hottest teams in the tournament, they're about to be shut down by the swarming defense of the Cardinals. 


West: Arizona No. 6 seed

Belmont was considered by many to be one of the teams that were primed to be a Cinderella in this year's tournament, but the Wildcats easily dispatched the Bruins. Then, Arizona thoroughly dismantled Harvard in the round of 32 to cruise into the Sweet 16.

The Wildcats feature a high-scoring backcourt, led by senior guard Mark Lyons, that has put up 50 points in the team's first two games. The team has plenty of depth on the perimeter, and if one or two guys struggle from the field, more often than not someone else steps up to pick up the slack.

Ohio State is next for Arizona, and junior forward Deshaun Thomas has been unstoppable for the Buckeyes. Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski will be the best defender that Thomas has faced thus far though, and he should be able to slow him down.


South: Michigan No. 4 seed

Of all the teams competing in this tournament, Michigan is one that stands out as a future championship team.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been playing excellent ball on the perimeter, while freshmen forwards Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have been dominant down low. If freshman guard Nik Stauskas gets hot, the Wolverines' offense will be impossible to defend against.

Kansas is up next for Michigan. Bill Self has never lost to the Wolverines as a head coach, but his winning streak is about to come to a sudden and unceremonious end.

Michigan's phenomenal guards will be the big difference in this game, and Michigan will roll.


East: Indiana No. 1 seed

After Gonzaga was ousted in the round of 32, the mantle of "best team" of the tournament fell to Indiana. 

The Hoosiers seem to have been sleepwalking through their first two games but have still managed to look impressive at times. The third-round matchup against Temple proved to be more difficult than was expected, with Indiana winning by a narrow margin, 58-52. 

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo combine to form one of the most dangerous inside/outside duos in this year's tourney. The Hoosiers' offense is a balanced, well-oiled machine that scored more points per game than all but two teams this past year. When one player struggles, there are two more that step up and play well. 

Next up for Indiana is Syracuse, which doesn't have the inside defenders to stop Zeller from dominating the paint. Indiana's shooters will have plenty of opportunities to drain open shots, and the Hoosiers should cruise into the Elite Eight.

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