2012 NCAA Tournament Upset Predictions

NCAA Tournament Predictions: The Wild and Random Upsets Fans Could See This Year

Paul Grossinger

The NCAA tournament is about to begin! As tempting as it is to pick every top seed to advance in each round, you know there will be upsets. But which top seeds will fall while others make it to the NCAA Final Four? What wild and random upsets will we see this year?

Michigan has a chance to upset North Carolina, No. 1 seed, in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Wolverines are a No. 4 seed but Michigan is underrated and matches up well against North Carolina. The Wolverines' talented backcourt of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke will cut through North Carolina's Kendall Marshall, never an exceptional defender. Michigan's rebounding deficiencies will also be less exposed if they face a less than fully healthy Jon Henson.

Wisconsin has a great shot against Syracuse, a No. 1 seed without its No. 1 player. Center Fab Melo will be out for the tournament on eligibility concerns, which puts a huge dent in the Orange front-line. Syracuse was already a shaky rebounding team, who will pull them down now with Melo out? They may run against a brick wall in Wisconsin, which has a top defense and grabs every available rebound. If the Badgers can create enough offense, they will pull off the upset.

Kentucky, the overall No. 1 seed, got the toughest Round of 32 draw in UConn. Connecticut is a No. 9 seed this year but they have the talent of a top seed. Jeremy Lamb, their playmaking guard, and Andre Drummond, their top-notch center, can go toe to toe with Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Both teams are well coached so, while Kentucky is the favorite, the defending champions can certainly pull off the big upset.

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UConn Huskies Press Conference and Practice for the Sweet Sixteen Round of the Division I Men's NCAA Basketball Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Missouri, the NCAA tournament's most exciting team, could down No.1 Michigan State. Tim Izzo's Spartans are a rough, tough team that could absolutely pull off a tournament championship. But Missouri's combination of scoring, great ball movement, and surprisingly effective defense could get them past Michigan State and into the NCAA Final Four.

So, who will win out in the NCAA Tournament? No one knows but, make sure to watch out for the big upsets. One is coming!

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