NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: 5 Possible Sweet 16 Upsets in NCAA Tournament

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIMarch 20, 2011

NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: 5 Possible Sweet 16 Upsets in NCAA Tournament

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    The first two rounds of the NCAA tournament are behind us, and the weaker teams have been knocked out, leaving only the strongest of the field alive.

    While all of the teams left in the bracket have earned their positions in the Sweet 16, some teams are still not as well respected as others.

    This slideshow features five teams that may not be expected to advance to the Elite Eight but could very well pull off the upset over their higher-seeded opponents.

    Feel free to comment below with your own possible upsets.

No. 11 Marquette over No. 2 North Carolina

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    Marquette pulled off the upset in the first round over Xavier and followed that up with an upset over Syracuse in the second round. With two upsets already under the Golden Eagles' belt, they look like a team primed to pull off another upset in the Sweet 16.

    Meanwhile, North Carolina barely escaped Washington on Sunday afternoon, winning by only three points.

    While the Tar Heels have scored 102 and 86 points in their first two games, Marquette has only allowed 55 and 62 points in its first two games.

    Who wins the battle when North Carolina has the ball and Marquette is on defense will really determine who gets the victory in this one, and if the Golden Eagles win that matchup, they may pull off the upset.

No. 3 Connecticut over No. 2 San Diego State

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    While most people would not consider this an upset, San Diego State is the higher seed in this matchup.

    Any team that has a player like Kemba Walker on it has a chance to win every game, and Connecticut has done just that of late.

    After a great run that ended in the Big East championship with five wins in five games, UConn has continued to look strong in the NCAA tournament.

    San Diego State had to go into double overtime to beat Temple on Saturday, and the games only get tougher from here on out.

    UConn seems ready to pull off the "upset" here as it continues its stretch of dominance in the playoffs.

No. 3 BYU over No. 2 Florida

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    For all the same reasons a team with Kemba Walker can go far in the tournament, a team with Jimmer Fredette can do even better.

    Fredette is the best player in college basketball and can put BYU on his back and carry it past Florida. Many were worried about the Cougars after Brandon Davies was suspended, but so far the team has looked solid in the tournament.

    Florida is the most overrated of the No. 2 seeds and barely beat UCLA. The Gators have made it this far because they played weaker teams, but BYU does not fall into that category.

    Fredette is going to have a field day against Florida, and the Cougars are primed to upset the Gators.

No. 11 VCU over No. 10 Florida State

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    Many self-proclaimed bracketologists thought VCU may have been less deserving of a bid than a team like Colorado, which was left out.

    VCU has gone out and proven that any doubters better start believing because it is in the tournament to stay.

    Not only did the Rams beat USC to earn their spot in the bracket, but they have also gone out and killed Georgetown and Purdue.

    Now VCU is playing one of the best defensive teams in the nation in Florida State, which has had its own magical run so far.

    The Seminoles have taken down Texas A&M and Notre Dame and have won both games with little contribution from their best player, Chris Singleton.

    The fact that either a No. 10 or 11 seed will make the Elite Eight is exciting and shows the unpredictability of March Madness.

No. 8 Butler over No. 4 Wisconsin

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    Butler was the first team to knock off a No. 1 seed in Pittsburgh, so beating No. 4 Wisconsin should be pretty easy for them.

    Last year's runner-up, the Bulldogs have looked just as good this year, winning both of their first two games in last-second fashion.

    Wisconsin had had its share of close games as well, barely sneaking past Kansas State in a back-and-forth game.

    Butler has the experience, but this Badgers team is no slouch itself, and either team could win this one.