Friday, March 22, 2013

NCAA Tournament Day 2 Upset Alerts!

Yesterday we began our look at the teams that should be on upset alert on Day 1 of March Madness and while some upset alerts turned into five alarm fires for the higher seeds, others (ahem... Montana) didn't exactly set the world on fire.

So as we enter day two of action in the NCAA Tournament it's time to look at our top upset alerts for today!

(5) Wisconsin vs. (12) Ole Miss: Again, some could see this as a bit of a cop out, but it's a 12 vs. a 5 and we all know the history of these upsets. This one is unique because it's a complete style clash and this game is going to go one of two ways - Wisconsin shoots the ball well, plays great defense and Ole Miss won't know what hit them or... Marshall Henderson won't be stopped, Ole Miss runs up and down the floor and blows the doors off the Badgers. I don't see this one being close either way, but Wisconsin is so streaky in it's shooting that it's hard to trust that they will win this one. Put the Badgers on upset alert.

(6) UCLA vs. (11) Minnesota: Call it Midwest bias or whatever you want, but I call it honestly. I'm not impressed by UCLA and Ben Howland. Give me Tubby Smith and a physical team any day of the week. Sure the Bruins have Shabazz Muhammad and his 17.8 points per game, but they are vastly overseeded with the loss of point guard Jordan Adams and his 15.3 points per game thanks to a broken ankle. Sorry, that doesn't bode well against the likes of Joe Coleman, Andre Hollins, and Austin Hollins. This one has big-time upset potential written all over it.

(7) Notre Dame vs. (10) Iowa State: Ya, ya, ya... I know it's like calling an 8 vs. 9 game an "upset," however in this case it is an upset. After all, we aren't exactly given a ton of traditionally thought of upset games with only three matchups involving 3, 4, or 5 seeds today. But, back to the game at hand. Iowa State is mirror image of it's coach - Fred Hoiberg - in that they can shoot it lights out from deep. That's always dangerous come tournament time and they are DEEP at guard and have some good inside play as well from the likes of Georges Niang patrolling the middle and being able to hit from outside. Look out Irish, your luck could run out early if you get into an up and down battle with the Cyclones.

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