Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss likely upsets from Thursday's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times
There is plenty of potential for busting Thursday's bracket in the 12 versus 5 games, starting in the Midwest with Oregon against Oklahoma State. In fact, I wouldn’t even consider this an upset. The Ducks, as Pac-12 Conference tournament champions, should be miffed they garnered so little respect from a selection committee that did not factor how much better they are with freshman guard Dominic Artis back in the lineup. The only “break” Oregon received was a short trip to San Jose.
Now, for my Gumby-like reach at the South regional in Auburn Hills: No. 14 South Dakota State over No. 4 Michigan. Every tournament bracket needs a leap-of-faith longshot, so I’m banking on Jackrabbits’ star Nate Wolters to make some wild-hare three-pointer at the buzzer to shock Ann Arbor and maybe Ann Romney.
Buster buzz kill: a lot of pundits are touting No. 11 Belmont over No. 6 Arizona in the West bracket at Salt Lake, but I’m not buying it for the simple fact Belmont has been touted before but has yet to win an NCAA tournament game.