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Upset watch is on in South region

While the South might be the least top-heavy of all the regions, what it does have is many double-digit seeds that can wreak havoc on anyone’s bracket. This might just be the portion of the bracket that turns out to be the hardest to predict. Here is a look at the potential Cinderellas that might come from the South:

(9) Louisville – Not a double-digit seed but still equally as dangerous. What makes Louisville hard to play against is that its press is unique from every other team in the country. While its up-and-down scoring and injury to Jerry Smith will prevent Louisville from advancing too far, it could pull off an upset or two on the first weekend.

(10) St. Mary’s – The Gaels might just have the best post player in the region in senior center Omar Samhan. He is one of just two players in the nation this season to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Samhan is complimented by a strong group of guards, and they are one of the most underrated teams in the tournament.

(11) Old Dominion – This might be the worst offensive team in the tournament as the Monarchs average just 67.5 points per game and have only one player averaging double-figures in scoring. However, Old Dominion is a lock-down defensive squad, limiting its opponents to just 57.1 ppg. Consider them a poor man’s Temple, and with a little more scoring the Monarchs could survive the first weekend. Keep in mind that they won at Georgetown this season.

(12) Utah State – The Aggies squeaked into the field after falling in the WAC title game. This team is a bit of a mystery as it did not play a team from a major conference this season. What we do know is that it holds opponents to 59.6 ppg, shoots 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. Those are all ingredients for a potential upset.

(13) Siena- Despite the low-seed, Siena is being treated by many experts as the favorite because of the way Purdue has played since the injury to Robbie Hummel. The Saints are the perfect candidate for a Cinderella as it has two years of tournament experience under its belt, where it beat Vanderbilt and Ohio State as a lower seed. Siena also has senior point guard Ronald Moore, the nation’s leader in assists per game (7.8).

-David Cassilo

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