The first weekend in the NCAA tournament is always exciting because there are plenty of upsets of the top-seeded teams. This year did not disappoint, as thousands were tearing up their brackets before the Sweet 16 was even set.
Experts, along with normal college basketball fans, try to pick and choose some of these upsets in an attempt to find the George Mason in this year’s field. Most turn out to be unsuccessful, however, as choosing that upset pick can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack.
Even though you may be eliminated from your office pool, the tournament will continue and this means more potential upsets. Here are the teams that have the biggest risk of being upset in the Sweet 16.
3 Florida vs. 15 Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Gulf Coast is the definition of a Cinderella story. As you may have heard, the 15-seed is the first team seeded that low to reach this point in the NCAA tournament.
This team hasn’t just snuck by either. In the opening round, the Eagles stunned second-seeded Georgetown by 10, then proceeded to handle San Diego State, winning by the same margin.
Florida Gulf Coast doesn’t particularly do anything special on the court, but their high energy and cohesive team play has led them to the Sweet 16.
This matchup could be difficult for the highly-ranked Florida Gators simply because all the momentum is behind FGCU. The Eagles now believe they can win, and so does the rest of the nation. Florida is on upset alert.
2 Ohio State vs. 6 Arizona
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the next team that may run into problems this round. The Buckeyes rolled over Iona in their opening game but faced a more difficult matchup with the 10-seed Iowa State in the round of 32.
Thanks to some help from the refs and a clutch shot by Aaron Craft, Ohio State survived to reach the Sweet 16 again. Here, they’ll face a hot Arizona team that beat up on the likes of Belmont and Harvard in their first two matchups.
Arizona will rely heavily on top-scorer and senior leader Mark Lyons. In the two games thus far in the tournament, Lyons combined to score 50 total points.
If the Buckeyes have issues controlling the flow of the game and can’t contain Lyons, look for the Wildcats to give them a run for their money.