Barker: Heading into its game with fifth-seeded Cincinnati, Harvard can boast something few Ivy teams have been able to claim -- a return trip to the NCAA tournament following a victory in the dance the previous year. Harvard upset New Mexico as a 14-seed last season. This year, the experienced Crimson, a 12-seed, is better than in 2013 - deeper - because forward Kyle Casey and guard Brandyn Curry have returned to school. Markus: Nebraska is one of two teams in the 68-team field that has never won an NCAA tournament game. The 11th-seeded Cornhuskers were the biggest surprise in the Big Ten this season, with wins over Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin and a one-point defeat to regular season champion Michigan. There are a lot of suspect teams coming out of the Big 12 this season, and Baylor is one of them. Shaffer: Stephen F. Austin, the man, was once called "the first pioneer of the wilderness." Stephen F. Austin, the basketball team, is to face something equally untamed: VCU's "Havoc" defense. There may be no better clue to an NCAA tournament upset rooted in 19th-century history than that. The No. 12 seed Lumberjacks face the No. 5 seed Rams on Friday, and you should probably tune in. VCU will press and shoot 3s. Stephen F. Austin will protect the ball and shoot 3s. Sales of Austin biographies will soar. And America will learn why the Lumberjacks haven't lost since November. Bracken: In the West, 12th-seeded North Dakota State should be able to keep pace with fifth-seeded Oklahoma - both teams are ranked in kenpom.com's Top 20 for offensive efficiency. The Bison -- ranked first in the NCAA in field-goal percentage (50.9%) -- won't be intimidated by the Sooners' up-tempo system. Selig: I like Providence over a North Carolina team that made its hay against a weak ACC after struggling early in the season. But I actually think the biggest shocker of the tourney could come in the Round of 32, where 8/9 teams like Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Memphis are all capable of sending No. 1 seeds home early.
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