2014 NCAA Tournament Upset Picks: Which Teams Will Play Cinderella This Year?

2014 NCAA Tournament Upset Picks: Which Teams Will Play Cinderella This Year?

With the 2014 NCAA Tournament here, everyone at home filling out a bracket for an office pool is searching for the upset pick that can give them the advantage.

This year’s field appears filled with teams ripe to pull off an upset or two, and recent history has been very kind to the tournament’s lower seeds. Last year’s Sweet Sixteen run for No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast State proved that no team is too low to win a game or two.

Finding the 2014 NCAA Tournament upset picks is equal parts art and science. First, there is a bit of logic involved. While it’s odd that a 15-seed wins a game (despite what the last few years has shown with FGCU, Norfolk State, and Lehigh), you can count on at least on 12-seed winning each year. It’s also fairly common to see that 12-seed advance past the first weekend and reach the Sweet Sixteen.

Some years it’s even more common. In 2009, 12 seeds were 3-1, with Northern Iowa the only lower seed that year failing to make it through.

Some upset picks seem to come out of nowhere (and as fun as FGCU was last year with their dunks aplenty, few predicted they would win even one game). Others seem obvious, especially when the tournament selection committee gets a swing and a miss on where to rank a team.

Here are some potential upset picks for the 2014 NCAA Tournament:

No. 12 N.C. State over No. 5 St. Louis

2014 NCAA Tournament Upset Picks: Which Teams Will Play Cinderella This Year?
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