Underdogs are a big part of NCAA Tournament lore and almost every year a few double-digit seeds make a surprising run deep into the bracket. Here are a few of the candidates — from No. 10 all the way to No. 16 — that could wreck some brackets over the next couple weeks.
No. 10 PROVIDENCE
Providence is a program with a rich NCAA Tournament history, making Final Four appearances in 1973 and 1987. It also made a run to the Elite Eight in 1997 as a No. 10 seed. The Friars are playing some of their best basketball of the season, getting wins over Creighton and Xavier in the Big East Tournament. They’ve beaten some really good teams this year, including Xavier (twice) and Villanova.
DON’T FORGET: Butler. The Bulldogs are no stranger to deep runs in the tournament, though the No. 10 seed is a little low compared with recent history.
No. 11 SAN DIEGO STATE
The Aztecs are quite comfortable in the NCAA Tournament, winning games in the Big Dance in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. They’re also getting hot at the right time with nine straight wins, including an impressive run through the Mountain West Tournament . In nonconference play, a win over Gonzaga is the highlight.
DON’T FORGET: There are a lot of candidates at this spot. UCLA and Syracuse have ample NCAA history. St. Bonaventure and Loyola of Chicago come from tough basketball conferences. Loyola beat Florida earlier this season.
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE
New Mexico State has won 28 games this season, including an eye-opening victory over sixth-ranked Miami during nonconference play. The last time the Aggies were a No. 12 seed was in 2010, when they narrowly lost to Michigan State 70-67.
DON’T FORGET: Davidson. The Wildcats certainly have plenty of momentum. They earned a bid thanks to an Atlantic …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports