At long last, the NCAA tournament field has been revealed, and March Madness is upon us. Prepare to be stunned as former Cinderellas (FGCU, also known as Dunk City and Wichita State) come back to the tournament. There could also be some new party crashers this year. Let’s take a look at some possible upset machines.
- FGCU: After a 3 year absence, Dunk City is back! After Andy Enfield left as coach after the magical run of 2013, Joe Dooley looks to continue their tournament run. Lead by UCF transfer Brandon Dooley, this deep and athletic team has high hopes and has a reeling Florida State in the first round. They look to grab as many offensive boards as they can and try to make another run.
- Wichita State: Gregg Marshall and Wichita State are back, as they topped Illinois State in the Missouri Valley title to secure the automatic bid. The Shockers have another great shooting team, as the duo of Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp looks to replace the departed Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. They have won 15 straight, and all but one have come by a margin of at least 15 points. They could make a run like Syracuse did last year, when they made it to the Final Four as a 10 seed.
- Princeton: The Ivy League is back at it again! Last year, 12 seeded Yale made it to the round of 32, shocking Baylor. This year, the Tigers look to beat 5th seeded Notre Dame. Princeton is the definition of a 3-point machine, as they make as many 3-pointers per game as free throws. The Tigers also haven’t lost since 2016, a scary thought for any opponent in March.
- Michigan: If you want to find a red-hot team, look no further than Michigan. The Wolverines have been largely inconsistent all season, but found a groove in the Big Ten tournament, where they won four straight games to win the tournament and an automatic bid. Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin lead a hot team that could make some noise in this tournament. They shouldn’t have trouble scoring points against a terrible defense in Oklahoma State, but the road gets tougher from there. However, they can pull upsets when their uber-efficient offense is at their best.
- Middle Tennessee: They are back. The Blue Raiders, fresh off a Conference-USA tournament victory, look to build off of last year’s incredible upset of 2nd seeded Michigan State. This year, they garnered more respect from the committee, and earned a 12 seed. They face Minnesota, a surprise 24 win team, but can definitely make a run with the same core as last year (Giddy Potts, Reggie Upshaw, and newcomer Jacorey Williams). They protect the ball well, and should make a solid run this year.