When people scramble to fill out their NCAA tournament brackets, one of the first things they consider is what upsets they should pick. And where better to turn than the 5 vs. 12 matchups, which have a reputation as being a place where the chalk does not stick to the blackboard.
#5 Kansas St v. #12 Utah State
#5 Arizona v. #12 Memphis
#5 Vanderbilt v. #12 Richmond
#5 West Virginia vs. #12 UAB or #12 Clemson
It happens every year, or it at least seems like it happens every year. So who is it going to be? Honestly I could see every one of theses #5 seeds losing, of course I can also see them winning.
I’m actually going to go with two. I’m taking Utah State over Kansas State and Richmond over Vanderbilt. I haven’t been impressed with K State or Vanderbilt this year. K State lost 3 times to Colorado. Both Utah State and Richmond have veteran teams who were both in the tournament last year. Utah State has 30 wins and Richmond runs a very hard system to defend. Richmond’s tournament pedigree also can’t be denied, they have won several first round games over the years.
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