There are many teams that are on upset alert. There’s also gonna be a couple that surprises everyone. These five teams are on major upset alerts. Not all of these will happen, but consider picking a few of these for your bracket.
6 Miami vs 11 Loyola Chicago
The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are legit. This is an extremely tough draw for the Miami Hurricanes. They aren’t playing great basketball and they have to face a team that is very consistent and can play well on both ends of the floor. Miami is very much on upset alert in this game.
The Ramblers have five double-digit scorers which is just insane for a college basketball team to have an offense that can go through anybody on the floor. They only lost five games all season and they’re playing very good basketball and with Miami dealing with some injuries the Ramblers will win this game.
2 Cincinnati vs 15 Georgia State
This is probably the one game in here that a lot of you will be shocked to see. Cincinnati is so good defensively and they have guys that can really score the ball too. Georgia State is a really solid basketball team, they are well coached and have good depth.
D’Marcus Simonds is why they have a shot, the sophomore guard is averaging 21 points, 6 boards to go along with 4.5 assists per game. He may even be the best player on the floor during that game. It’s unlikely they pull this off but D’Marcus Simonds is a special talent, if you want to make a shocking upset that your friends won’t, this just might be it.
5 Ohio St vs 12 South Dakota St
Here we go again, will the Jackrabbits finally win an NCAA tournament game? This is going to be their third straight year and they’ve only seemed to be getting better. Ohio St has struggled down the stretch which could make this upset very possible. The Buckeyes are on upset alert.
Mike Daum is insane, he is one of the best players in the country. He is averaging almost 24 points and 10 and 1/2 rebounds per game, and he’s still a junior. Freshman guard David Jenkins Jr has been balling too, putting up 16 points a game.
There’s always next year for this team but you never know what can happen, they need to take advantage of this opportunity, and they will. The South Dakota Jackrabbits will beat the Ohio State Buckeyes.
5 West Virginia vs 12 Murray State
West Virginia has been a team prone to struggling in the tournament. They lost to 14th seeded Stephen F Austin Justin a couple years ago when they were a three seed. This Murray State team is really good. They’re playing very good basketball and they have the stars to pull off this upset.
The two seniors, Johnathon Stark and Terrell Miller Jr. are going to be looking to win an NCAA tournament game to cap off their college careers. These two are good enough to make it happen, Stark averages 21.8 points per game. The freshman guard Temetrius Morant is a really good player who has a toughness about him, he averages 12.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds. I’m not confident enough to say they win this game, but I am confident enough in them that I wouldn’t pick West Virginia to go deep into your bracket.
4 Auburn vs 13 Charleston
This Auburn team has really struggled down the stretch of the season, not neccasarily losing a lot of games but they don’t seem like themselves. Injuries have been a big factor and them being a four seed even is a very successful season no matter what happens.
That being said Charleston has a big three that’s is good enough to pull of this upset. Joe Chealey, Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley are all three averaging over 17 points per game. With senior guard Cameron Johnson in the lineup too, I trust this team. Charleston will upset the Auburn Tigers in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
5 Clemson vs 12 New Mexico St
New Mexico St is the popular 12 over 5 upset pick. Yes they’re a very good team but another reason is because Clemson doesn’t get the respect they deserve. Despite being in the ACC they’ve been slept on a lot, and losing Donte Grantham earlier this season hurts this team so much. With him they’re a final four sleeper, without him they may not win a game.
That being said the two senior studs, Zach Lofton and Jemerrio Jones are capable of leading New Mexico St to this win. Clemson is a streaky offensive team. Both these teams can really defend so it should be a great game. New Mexico can very much win this game but I personally don’t think they get it done. The veteran guards of Clemson will led the tigers to the win. New Mexico St is still very much a possible sweet 16 pick though.