NCAA Brackets 2013: Teams with Best Chance to Beat Higher Seeds in Round 4

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23:  Mitch McGary #4 of the Michigan Wolverines drives against Juvonte Reddic #15 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan has an excellent chance to defeat Kansas in the South bracket in Round 4 of the 2013 NCAA tournament. 

Michigan isn't the only lower-seeded team with a legitimate chance to upset the favorite in the Sweet 16, either. 

It'll be a huge shock if FGCU wins against Florida, but there are some incredibly talented teams heading into this next round with momentum enough to overcome big odds.

These teams have the best shot to pull off upsets in the fourth round of the 2013 NCAA tourney.


Michigan (4) vs. Kansas (1)

It took a game-and-a-half for Kansas to wake up and play like the No. 1 seed it is. 

Western Kentucky almost knocked off the Jayhawks in the round of 64, and then North Carolina had them cornered at halftime in the round of 32. If not for some second-half heroics from Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, the Tar Heels may have pulled off a huge upset. 

The Jayhawks can't afford to sleepwalk against the Wolverines in the Sweet 16, as Michigan's offense is clicking on all cylinders heading into this contest. 

Guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are both playing well, and if freshman guard Nik Stauskas starts hitting from behind the arc, it's game over. When the guards aren't hitting shots, forwards Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have been dominating inside.

Michigan is playing its best ball at the right time, and it will come away with the victory against Kansas on Friday.


La Salle (13) vs. Wichita State (9)

The Explorers have found a way to win close games thus far in the tourney, winning their three games by a cumulative margin of 13 points. The team's last two games were decided by two points, and La Salle has displayed the toughness it'll take to continue its Cinderella story in 2013. 

Wichita State won't go down easy. The way the Shockers were able to outscore Gonzaga last weekend, it's hard to imagine the team suddenly developing an aversion to draining buckets.

La Salle senior guard Ramon Galloway has been extremely consistent during the team's three-game winning streak, scoring 64 points, dishing 11 assists and hauling in 12 rebounds since the tournament started. 

He can't do it all by himself, though. If Tyreek Duren can play like he did against Mississippi on Friday against the Shockers, La Salle will move on to the Elite Eight. 


Arizona (6) vs. Ohio State (2)

This game could be an offensive shootout or a defensive struggle, depending on whether or not the shooters come out hot or cold. 

Both teams feature excellent guards: 

  • Ohio State's Aaron Craft is a defensive specialist who can get hot from the field, though he's been a bit stagnant thus far in the tournament, hitting just seven of his 18 attempts. 
  • Arizona's Mark Lyons is an offensive-minded guard who has been red hot to begin the tournament, scoring 50 points in two games. 

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas has been nearly unstoppable, tallying 46 points in the team's two games, but he'll be hard pressed to continue his high output against Solomon Hill, who will run him ragged on the other side of the floor. 

Given Arizona's hot three-point shooting thus far in the tournament (56.3 percent), the Wildcats are a highly confident team coming into the game. They'll continue their hot shooting en route to the Elite Eight.


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