The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament can basically say they coined the word 'upset'. As tournament time approaches, low-seeded teams and fans will be tossing the word around more often than not.
With the official brackets out, people can start breaking down each region and picking their pony. In addition, they will also pick a huge upset, in hopes that it will provide something to brag about.
The relatively unknown conference's automatic bids usually sit between No. 13 and 16 in the tournament. For any of these teams to move on, they have to beat a team with nine or fewer losses on the season.
Of the 16 teams that earned a No. 1-4 seed, all but one are in the top 15 in the country. The only exception is the Connecticut Huskies, who just won the Big East Tournament as a No. 9 seed. The Huskies won five games in five days—three of which were against tournament teams. They were No. 21 previous to their run.
The word upset is usually associated with the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
They got on the map by continuously pulling big upsets during March Madness. Led by Mark Few, the Bulldogs knocked down top teams year after year earlier this century. The Bulldogs showed that teams from lesser-known conferences could play with the big dogs.
This year's field is full of conference tournament champions ready for the chance to make national news.
Let's look at some first-round games that people likely didn't think twice about, but have the potential for upsets.