March Madness 2013: Who Will Be This Year's Cinderella?
I remember exactly where I was when Lehigh beat Duke in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Upsets have that effect on college basketball fans.
When the tourney begins on Thursday, here's a team in each bracket to look out for:
Middle Tennessee State, 11-Seed, Midwest
The last time a mid-major bubble team was given an 11-seed in a play-in game was 2011. It was VCU. They went on to make the Final Four. While Middle Tennessee State may not be a Final Four Team since the Midwest is the bracket from hell, but they are a dangerous team that Memphis and Michigan State both need to be weary of.
South Dakota State, 13-Seed, South
South Dakota State may be a 13-seed and may be facing one of the most talented teams in Michigan in its first round match-up, but SD State has a lot going for it. Nate Wolters is the type of veteran guard that could go Jimmer Fredette to give his team a win. Michigan needs to be careful of the upset in round one.
Wichita State, 9-Seed, West
The West Bracket is full of Cinderellas. The 1-Seed, Gonzaga, is one of the original Cinderellas. However, they need to beware of an upset themselves, especially in the round of 32 against Wichita State. The Shockers are tournament veterans, and have a squad that could very easily make a Sweet 16 run.
Bucknell, 11-seed, East
It pains me to say that Butler, one of my favorite mid-major schools, needs to be on upset alert in the first round of this year's Big Dance. However, they need to be on high alert. This Bucknell team is dangerous, and one that could even haunt Marquette in the second round if they pull off the upset of Butler.