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March Madness Top Day 2 Upset Possibilities

Friday’s NCAA Tournament games don’t pack the upset potential of Thursday’s matchups, but there are still a few spots that have caught our eye.

Like in yesterday’s piece outlining the top upset possibilities from Day 1 of March Madness, we’ll stay away from calling a No. 9 over a No. 8 seed. That’s far from a true upset.

That said, there’s reason to go beyond the comfort of No. 10, 11, and 12 seeds on Friday, because there’s a No. 13 seed that could be primed to become this year’s Cinderella.

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Midwest Regional: No. 13 Houston vs. No. 4 Maryland (-9, 157 at Bovada)

The Cougars (19-15 SU, 15-16 ATS) don’t have a sparkling record, but they’re the Conference USA champions after knocking off UTEP in the league final last Saturday.

This is the same UTEP team that sharps are calling to knock off Butler in the first round. It’s also the same UTEP squad that came into the Big Dance ranked 24th in the Coaches’ Poll.

The lesson is Houston – led by the leading scorer in the nation in Aubrey Colemen – can play.

For their part, the Terrapins (23-8 SU, 17-10 ATS) are 1-4 SU and ATS on neutral sites this season, with their only win coming against Division II Chaminade.

Midwest Regional: No. 10 Georgia Tech vs. No. 7 Oklahoma State (-1.5, 136 at Bovada)

The Yellow Jackets (22-12 SU, 16-11-1 ATS) are finding their stride after pushing Duke to the brink in the ACC Tournament championship game on Sunday, while the Cowboys (22-10 SU, 15-10-1 ATS) couldn’t even get out of the quarterfinals in the Big 12.

Stud freshman Derrick Favors is finally coming into his own, and the sure-fire NBA lottery pick could be enough to lift Georgia Tech into the second round. Favors had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Jackets’ 65-61 loss to the Blue Devils in the ACC finale.

East Regional: No. 10 Missouri vs. No. 7 Clemson (-1.5, 138.5 at Bovada)

If Mizzou (22-10 SU, 14-12 ATS) had swapped conferences with Clemson (21-10 SU, 14-14 ATS) this season, we’d be looking at it as the higher seed in this matchup.

Bettors should remember Missouri played in the toughest league in the land this year – the Big 12 – and has victories over Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Old Dominion, and Illinois to its credit.

Clemson toiled in a down-year ACC, and couldn’t get past pedestrian North Carolina State in the conference tournament first round last Thursday.