March Madness 2013: Who Will Be This Year's Cinderella?

I remember exactly where I was when Lehigh beat Duke in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Upsets have that effect on college basketball fans. 

Who will it be this year? Who will give us a Valparaiso moment? Will there be another Stephen Curry and Davidson?

When the tourney begins on Thursday, here's a team in each bracket to look out for: 

Middle Tennessee State, 11-Seed, Midwest 


The last time a mid-major bubble team was given an 11-seed in a play-in game was 2011. It was VCU. They went on to make the Final Four. While Middle Tennessee State may not be a Final Four Team since the Midwest is the bracket from hell, but they are a dangerous team that Memphis and Michigan State both need to be weary of. 

South Dakota State, 13-Seed, South


South Dakota State may be a 13-seed and may be facing one of the most talented teams in Michigan in its first round match-up, but SD State has a lot going for it. Nate Wolters is the type of veteran guard that could go Jimmer Fredette to give his team a win. Michigan needs to be careful of the upset in round one. 

Wichita State, 9-Seed, West 


The West Bracket is full of Cinderellas. The 1-Seed, Gonzaga, is one of the original Cinderellas. However, they need to beware of an upset themselves, especially in the round of 32 against Wichita State. The Shockers are tournament veterans, and have a squad that could very easily make a Sweet 16 run. 

Bucknell, 11-seed, East 


It pains me to say that Butler, one of my favorite mid-major schools, needs to be on upset alert in the first round of this year's Big Dance. However, they need to be on high alert. This Bucknell team is dangerous, and one that could even haunt Marquette in the second round if they pull off the upset of Butler.

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Liam Boylan-Pett

Liam is a culture writing intern at PolicyMic. His work has appeared in "Running Times" and other running publications. He is also a professional middle-distance runner for the New Jersey-New York Track Club. After graduating from Columbia University with his bachelor's degree, he earned a Master's of Professional Studies in Journalism from Georgetown University. Originally from Bath, Mich, he spends his time watching TV, reading longform journalism, and thinking about who is going to be in the NCAA basketball tournament's Final Four.

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