It's bracket filling time. Just about.
Many folks look to see where the big upsets will come from in the early rounds. The coverage focusing on the first two rounds is on the illusion of major upsets. Yes, a few mid-majors topple the perennial superpowers and it adds a flair of excitement and energy to an afternoon watching ball and eating box after box of Girl Scout cookies.
A No. 1 seed has never fallen in the first round, but No. 2 seeds have. Some records look bloated coming into the tournament, but the overall team's form may be in decline. Hello, Syracuse.
The Orange could be resurgent or they could one of several teams that will be watching the Sweet 16 from the comforts of a dorm room.
The criteria for an upset will be whether a high-ranked team fails to reach the Sweet 16. Potential No. 8-9 matchups won't be considered. The focus will be on teams in the Top 25, the teams that likely will be in the top four seeds in a given region.