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No. 6 BYU


It was a surprise for everyone when BYU received a relatively low seed for March Madness. BYU boasts a 26-3 record — the second-best record outside of non-No.1 seeded teams — against a tough non-conference schedule. With the No. 11 offense in the country, the Cougars were able to consistently string wins together this season, and there is no reason for that trend to not continue into the tournament. It’s particularly helpful that BYU has a very manageable schedule during the tournament, and potentially won't face its biggest threat, No. 2 Baylor, until the Sweet Sixteen.

No. 16 UAlbany


Of course, it’s difficult for any No. 16 seed team to overcome the obstacle of a low seed in any tournament. However, if there’s any team that can do it this year, it’s UAlbany. The Great Danes have the No. 2 defense in the country and allowed only one team to score over 70 points on them this season. UAlbany recorded five games where it held its opponents under 40 points. UAlbany is scheduled to face No. 1 Louisville, who currently sits at 25-4 on the year against tough competition in the stacked SEC. Stylistically, this is one of the best matchups for UAlbany, considering that Louisville is a defensive-minded team, which will allow for the slower play that UAlbany is used to. It’s still a long shot, but the Great Danes have a good opportunity to upset one of the best teams in the country in the first round of the tournament.

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No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast University


Florida Gulf Coast has been on a roll this season. Sitting with a winning record of 29-2, FGCU produced the best record this season in the entire tournament — the Eagles only losses during the season were both within three points. With no single player dominating the scoring on this team, it makes FGCU very dangerous to contend with during the March Madness tournament since every player is a threat to punish the defense.

No. 11 Princeton


Although it doesn't have the toughest conference for college basketball, Princeton has been able to make a splash at the national level by attaining the No. 3 defense in the country. The Tigers went undefeated in conference play, winning their closest game by 12 points — they have wins against FGCU, Delaware, and Villanova. This only proves that the Tigers can hang with March Madness-level competition and get to put it to the test with a matchup against Kentucky in their first game. Princeton is a team built for March Madness and had the potential to make a very deep run during the tournament.

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