14 vs. 3 Is the New 12 vs. 5

March 21, 2015 12:29 AM

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14 vs. 3 Is the New 12 vs. 5

Even people who don’t know basketball know the most basic bracket advice: pick zero No. 16 seeds and pick at least one No. 12 seed. There has never been 16-over-1 upset, after all, while there seems to be a 12-over-5 every year. There were six, in fact, in the last two years alone.

But this year’s NCAA tournament became only the third since 1990 with all four No. 5 seeds surviving their first game. Buffalo had the best shot against West Virginia on Friday in the final 12 vs. 5 game but lost, 68-62, when the Mountaineers scored the last six points of the game. By that time, Nor...

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