The 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship bracket was announced Sunday, and play will begin on Tuesday with two of the first round games. The Midwest Region leads to the Final Four through Indianapolis. The top seed in the Midwest and the No. 1 overall seed was awarded to the Louisville Cardinals while the Duke Blue Devils drew the No. 2 seed.
Upset Alert: The No. 4 seed St. Louis Billikens would provide an interesting matchup against the Louisville Cardinals. St. Louis is a veteran team with several quality wins throughout the season. St. Louis beat Butler three times and defeated Virginia Commonwealth University in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship. The Billikens take care of the basketball, turning the ball over fewer than 11 times per game and would be a tough Sweet 16 matchup. Another candidate for an upset is No. 5 seed Oklahoma State. Oregon drew a fairly low seed at No. 12, and if the Ducks can control the tempo of the game, they might be able to upset Oklahoma State.
Dark Horse: No. 6 seed Memphis is one of the most athletic teams in the tournament, but the Tigers have lacked quality wins this year. If they can get on a roll, they might put together enough wins to reach the Final Four.
Best Potential Matchup: Louisville and Duke have a decent chance of facing each other in the Elite Eight. The teams last faced each other on Nov. 24 when Duke beat Louisville 76-71. At that time, Duke was ranked No. 5 in the polls, and Louisville was No. 2. A rematch of this game could prove to be a thriller.
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