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March Madness: UConn, Mercer can make the Sweet 16? Sleepers of the big dance. [GIFS]

By Mike Edler (edler560@gmail.com)
on Mar 15, 2014 09:25 AM EDT
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March Madness is a week away and some of the tickets have already been punched for the conference champions. There is always that little team that could that will knock off that No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the first or second round of games, but who will it be this year. Here are some candidates that will most certainly break your bracket.

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Connecticut: UConn will probably find themselves as a five or six seed in the big dance, but that doesn't take away from their potential to get into the Sweet 16. This UConn team plays like a very Jekyll-and-Hyde situation this season. They can look amazing and beat a team like Memphis or they can turn it off and lose to Louisville by 33. Look for this team to win in the first round and if they can consistently put together their potential behind Shabazz Napier they will be in the Sweet 16.

Delaware: Every year there is the team that has the size to compete with any team on a neutral court and the Blue Hens could be the 2014 version. 6-foot-9, 260-pound Carl Baptiste is the force that could drive Delaware into the Sweet 16 and possibly further. The prototype to win in this tournament is to get at the hot time and have the size to rebound your perimeter game. Delaware has all the qualifications with it’s shooters and size.

Oklahoma State: Some poor number one seed might have to see this team in the second round. Marcus Smart and the Cowboys are hitting their stride at the right time and it could create for a perfect storm of success. The Cowboys did lose to Kansas, but not before forcing overtime after being down 12 in the second half, this team has resolve and the killer instinct. If you are a potential number one seed, you do not want to get matched up with Oklahoma State.

Mercer: Riding on the coattails of Florida Gulf Coast in 2013, Mercer will be representing the Atlantic Sun conference and could repeat the madness of 2013. With entire starting lineup of seniors, Mercer has a chance to upset a possible three seed or four seed considering they will ranked high than Florida Gulf Coast last year. It happened last year and anything is possible and maybe it’s Mercer’s year to make some noise.

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