American sports fans love three things: college football overtime, goalie fights in hockey, and upsets in March Madness. The trouble is, which team will surprise everyone? Of course, every year can't have a George Mason or a Butler. But these teams should raise your eyebrows and cause you some trouble when you fill out your bracket.
Going back to my first sentence,
Kansas has lost to Bradley and Bucknell in the past 5 years, so if Boston wins, don't B surprised.
You go No. 12, you go.
The Spiders know what they're doing, this being their eighth tournament. They still are bitter after falling to Omar Samhan and the St. Mary's Gaels last year in the first round.
But the Spiders have climbed back up the itsy bitsy water spout and aren't going to fall down without a big fight. The Spiders play defense like they watch film of the Pittsburgh Steelers during practice, allowing 61 points per game. If they want to win this game, they'll have to do it with defense. After all, that's why they beat Purdue this year, allowing only 54 points to them.
Vanderbilt is getting snubbed this year. They've beat many good teams, but people pick Richmond because of their defense and that's my prediction as well.
The Badgers have a similar predicament compared to Kansas State. They played Penn State thrice this year, and the Nittany Lions showed them who was boss, taking two of three from them, including a victory in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers are beatable and although this upset seems very common, they could easily win this game.
On the other side of this, the Belmont Bruins are "all jacked-up on Mountain Dew" to play the Badgers. The Bruins score an average of 80.4 points per game, which is 11th in the nation and they are on a 12 game winning streak. The Bruins beat the Badgers in every scoring category except for free throws.
Although the Badgers have a solid squad, the Bruins will be teaching them how to Bruiser (the Bruins mascot).
Just listen to the fans.
The Wildcats have lost thrice (cool word) to the Colorado Buffaloes, who aren't even in the tourney. Once is an upset, twice is a sweep, but thrice is just down right domination. The Buffs ousted the Wildcats in the first round of the Big 12 tournament, which can mean one of two things:
1. The Wildcats want revenge, and they plan on unleashing it on Utah State
2. The Wildcats will come out unenergetic after Colorado beat them and they will recognize that they are a very beatable team
The Aggies have only lost three games this year. Granted they play in the WAC, which isn't a strong conference, but the Aggies play great defense and they allowed only 58.2 points per game this year, while the Wildcats gave up 66 points per game this year. The Aggies went 11-3 on the road this year, while K State put up a record of 5-5 this year on the road. This means that if Aggie fans show up and make a difference in this game, then Kansas State will be singing the blues.
Plus, that video is so cool.
MARQUETTE WILL BEAT XAVIER. That is a guarantee. Call me Joe Namath all you want, but I think it will be almost certain. The Musketeers have played zero competition gliding to a conference championship like it's their day job. They lost to Cincinnati and that was their only game vs. the top 25. They got blown out of the water in that game, losing by 20 points. I'm not convinced that they could win this game.
Marquette plays in the toughest conference in the NCAA, and they've posted a solid 9-9 record in it. They barely lost to Duke and they beat Notre Dame, Syracuse, and UCONN, which is a big accomplishment for the Golden Eagles. They've played great competition and they've fared well.
Marquette will win this game. Mark my words.