March Madness 2018 Brackets: Where to Find Printable Sheets

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 8, 2018

Bucknell's Stephen Brown (2) shoots over Colgate's Francisco Amiel during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Patriot League men's tournament championship in Lewisburg, Pa., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Bucknell won 83-54. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)
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Double-digit seeds in the Division I men's basketball tournament have made plenty of noise within the past 10 years.

Stephen Curry nearly took No. 10 Davidson to the Final Four in 2008, and coach Shaka Smart led his 2011 VCU squad to the Final Four as an No. 11 seed despite starting their tournament in the First Four.

Also, Xavier squeaked into the tournament last year as an No. 11 seed and nearly matched VCU's effort before bowing out in the Elite Eight.

This season has numerous upset candidates who will likely enter the tournament as double-digit seeds. Here's a brief look at two of them, both of which have broken brackets in past years.

Furthermore, you can find a blank bracket via NCAA.com by following this link.

        

Bucknell

The Bucknell Bison are coming into the NCAA tournament hot after winning their final two Patriot League tournament games by an average of 30 points.

Led by Patriot League Player of the Year (and biomedical engineering major) Zach Thomas, the Bison finished 25-9 overall and 19-2 in league play (including the conference tournament).

Thomas, a 6'7" senior forward, nearly averaged a double-double with 20.3 points and 9.2 boards per game, while sophomore center Nana Foulland finished second on the team in scoring and rebounding by posting 15.4 points and 7.1 boards a contest.

Senior point guard Stephen Brown (14.9 points and a team-leading 4.3 assists) scored a combined 48 points on 17-of-27 shooting in his last two Patriot League tournament contests, which helped earned him a tournament MVP award for his efforts.

Bucknell will return the same starting five (the aforementioned three plus clutch junior guard Kimbal McKenzie and sophomore guard Avi Toomer) that led the Bison in last year's NCAA tournament, when they nearly upset No. 4 seed West Virginia in the first round. Right now, Joe Lunardi of ESPN projects them to be a No. 14 seed, which just so happens to be where Bucknell was in 2005 when it beat No. 3 seed Kansas.

This experienced Bison squad is going to be a tough out for any team. Don't be surprised if they win both of their games in the first weekend.

          

Middle Tennessee

MTSU still has some work to do to make the Big Dance (if the Blue Raiders don't win the Conference USA tournament, they may be left out in the cold).

However, if MTSU pulls through, this is the team that no first-round opponent is going to like seeing. In 2016, MTSU upset national-championship favorite Michigan State as a No. 15 seed. One year later, they took down Minnesota as a No. 12 seed.

This year, Lunardi is picking MTSU to be a No. 12 seed again. The No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchup always seems to bring at least one upset every year, and MTSU is as good a candidate as any team to be that upset victor should the Blue Raiders find themselves on that line.

Notably, the rating systems think highly of MTSU: The Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings list the Blue Raiders at No. 43 (in between North Carolina State and Arizona State), while the Sagarin ratings place MTSU at No. 42 (between Louisville and St. Mary's).

This year, the Blue Raiders are led by senior transfer forward Nick King, who registers 21.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Giddy Potts, who scored 19 points in that 2016 upset over Michigan State, is second on the team with 13 points a game.

The Blue Raiders pride themselves on their defensive efforts, as Pomeroy ranks them No. 28 overall in defensive efficiency. Potts helps lead that charge with 1.5 steals a game.

MTSU also fared well against some solid teams this year, losing by just six to 25-win Auburn and three to 22-win Miami, both of whom are shoo-ins for the NCAA tournament.

This year's Blue Raiders may be as good as last year's squad, and it will be interesting to see if it can win for a third straight year as a double-digit seed in the first round.

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