There will be no qualifiers here. No maybe-this, maybe-that. We all know that in a one-game tournament format, anything can happen, but I’m here to tell you what WILL happen.
Here are five upsets sure to make you look brilliant.
1) South Florida (12-seed) over Temple (No. 5 seed).
First things first: The Bulls have to get past Cal in the Tuesday play-in game, but they will. The Golden Bears feel insulted that they have to go to Dayton, but the Bulls are bigger, more physical and play lock-up defense. Another VCU-type run here? Nah. But they’ll match up well and down the No. 5-seeded Owls.
2) New Mexico State (13-seed) over Indiana (No. 4-seed).
The Aggies know how to win championships and are on a big roll. They have a big inside presence in Wendell McKines. Plus, the Hoosiers have to travel to Portland and, while they’ve certainly won the big games, they rely on freshman Cody Zeller and will be without guard Verdell Jones.
3) Montana (13-seed) over Wisconsin (No. 4 seed).
The Griz are an unblelievably hot-shooting team that has a great distributing big man. That inside-out approach could cause fits for the Badgers, in what should be one of the more entertaining games of the first weekend.
4) West Virginia (10-seed) over Gonzaga (7-seed).
The Zags have to travel across the country. The Mountaineers go a mere 75-miles. The Zags also are over-valued as a No. 7 seed and WVU, while struggling late, have the leading scorer and rebounder inthe Big East. Kevin Jones could dominate.
5) Long Beach State (12-seed) over New Mexico (5-seed).
This really won’t be an upset. Long Beach is a tough team that’s played tough games (having beaten Pitt already this year). They have great guard play and an imaginative offense that keeps defenses scrambling.