NCAA Brackets 2013: Predicting Biggest Upsets of Sweet 16

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 24:  Christophe Varidel #5 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles celebrates on the bench late in the second half while taking on the San Diego State Aztecs during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on March 24, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NCAA tournament has been full of upsets, and the Sweet 16 is sure to feature at least one or two of its own.

Three of the top seeds made it through their first two games, while Gonzaga fell in the round of 32.

Shockingly, the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast trounced Georgetown and San Diego State to become the first No. 15 seed to ever make it this far.

Speaking of shockers, the ninth-seeded Wichita State Shockers is the team that knocked off Gonzaga to reach the Sweet 16. La Salle (No. 13) is also wearing Cinderella's slipper for a while longer after it defeated Mississippi.

So, which underdogs are ready to take the next big step and upset one of the top squads in the nation in the Sweet 16?


FCGU (15) Will Defeat Florida (3)

The Eagles have already made history by making it this far as a No. 15 seed, and it's highly improbable that they will continue their winning ways against Florida.

But after watching this confident bunch annihilate two big-time programs in the first two games of the tourney, scoring 157 points in the process, it's hard to bet against Florida Gulf Coast.

Florida featured the No. 3-ranked scoring defense in the nation during the regular season, and the Gators have shut down their first two opponents in this tournament, allowing just 111 points.

If any team is prepared to withstand the fury that is FCGU's offense, it's Florida.

But if any offense can break down Florida's suffocating defense, it's FCGU's.

Something's gotta give here, and the Eagles are set to make a huge statement by beating the Gators in the Sweet 16.


Arizona (6) Will Defeat Ohio State (2)

Ohio State won its last game by the hair of its chinny-chin-chin, and if not for a last-second three-point basket by Aaron Craft, the game would have headed into overtime.

Craft has struggled from the field thus far, hitting seven of 18 shots. If he should continue to struggle, Deshaun Thomas won't be able to score enough points to keep the Buckeyes from falling behind.

Arizona is red hot on offense right now—especially from behind the arc, where the team has made 56 percent of its shots. That's the best mark of any team still playing at this point.

Senior guard Mark Lyons is playing out of his mind right now, scoring 50 points in the tourney. He's also getting plenty of help from his teammates, and Arizona's hot shooting will carry it into the Elite Eight.


Michigan (4) Will Defeat Kansas (1)

Kansas has looked sluggish in its first two games of the 2013 tourney, and it wasn't until the second half of the team's contest against North Carolina that any sign of life could be detected.

That doesn't bode well for Kansas' next game, as Michigan rolls into the Sweet 16 on a big high after utterly destroying VCU by 25 points in the round of 32.

Guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are playing outstanding on the perimeter, while freshmen forwards Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have upped their games to another level in the team's first two contests.

If freshman Nik Stauskas catches fire from outside, the Wolverines will be unstoppable on offense and could run away with the contest early in the second half.

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