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Identifying One Team From Each Region That Will Suffer A Sweet 16 Upset Loss

Posted by on 3/27/2015 5:18:10 AM

The Sweet 16 is upon us and while many still feel Kentucky is a lock to advance to the Elite Eight and beyond there are still a number of potential upsets in each region. Here is a quick look at one team from each region that has a higher probability of getting upset heading in to the Sweet 16.

Midwest Region - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame has been impressive to this point in the tournament but their reputation for collapsing under the weight of the spotlight when it’s at its brightest precedes them and they are set to face a very good Wichita State team. The Fighting Irish beat both Northeastern and Butler but the Shockers already have an upset win under their belt after knocking out the No. 2 seed Kansas and they have to be brimming with confidence heading in to this game. Jerian Grant will keep Notre Dame in this game until the end but Fred VanVleet is performing at an absolutely ridiculous level right now and will find a way to help Wichita State reach the Elite Eight.

East Region – Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners have had a relatively easy road to the Final Four but their tournament is about to get a lot tougher in a hurry when they clash with Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Michigan State has looked nothing like the mediocre team that struggled in stretches during the Big Ten season as Izzo has had them ready for every situation. The Spartans held Virginia under 30-percent from the field in the round of 32 and if they can suffocate this Oklahoma offense in similar fashion they should be able to advance.

West Region – Wisconsin

The Badgers have looked like a legitimate Final Four team but if there is one team from their region that has enough talent to beat them it might be the Tar Heels. North Carolina barely got past Harvard in the round of 64 but they looked much more in sync in their win over Arkansas and they have the big men to help limit what Frank Kaminsky can do down low. Wisconsin has two future top NBA picks in Kaminsky and Dekker but they haven’t faced much adversity so far and if they fall behind early against the Tar Heels it will be interesting to see if they can rally back in a game that could very well go down to the wire as long as North Carolina steps up and plays to its potential.

South Region – Duke Blue Devils

The South region appears at least on the surface to be the least likely to field an upset with Gonzaga having already beaten up on UCLA despite a mediocre performance earlier in the season and Duke looking like a legitimate No. 1 seed. However, it’s called the March Madness for a reason and while the Bulldogs should obliterate the Bruins what about the chances that Utah upsets the Blue Devils? The Utes odds of winning are probably still around 20 % but despite the overall seeding Utah still has a better shot at the upset than UCLA.

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