By: Chris Ruple

The first round (or technically the second round) of the NCAA tournament is over and 32 teams have been sent packing, cutting the field in half.

Upsets have been a part of this years tournament, just as they are every season. Its one thing to be a one-hit-wonder in the tournament and pull a first round upset and its another thing to make a Cinderella run to the later rounds of the tournament. Here are a couple teams that may have a shot at being this years George Mason (maybe George Mason themselves?)

13 Morehead State-

Probably the upset that the least amount of people saw coming. Morehead was the better team all day and Louisville didn't look like they deserved to even be in the tournament. The Eagles shot the ball well from 3 point range but showed little depth with only 7 players seeing any minutes.

Verdict- Second round loss

12 Richmond-

The Spiders pulled the upset over 5th seeded Vanderbilt. Richmond played tough opponents through conference play and had a couple of big wins over ranked opponents. They, like Morehead shot very well from 3 point range, which eventually won them the game. Shot poorly from the free throw line and overall aren't a great rebounding team but fought to win some offensive boards. They have a stud in Harrison who won't let his team lose. The question is could they get by Kansas to make the Elite 8?

Verdict- Sweet 16

7 Temple-

An 18 foot leaner put Temple past Penn State on Thursday. The Owls battle back after trailing for most of the first half. This marked Temple's first tournament victory since 2001. Temple plays great defense and if they can force bad shots from San Diego State, they could pull the upset over an unexperianced tournament team in the Aztecs.

Verdict- Sweet 16

8 Butler-

Another buzzer beater victor from Thursday, the former national runner ups will face Pittsburgh. Butler didn't lose much from last years squad, except for star Gordon Hayward. If Butler can control the boards, they may have a chance to upset the Panthers. If they can take down Pitt, they could find themselves back in the Final Four.

Verdict- Second round loss

11 Gonzaga-

Gonzaga cruised to a victory over St. Johns. They led almost the whole way, completely dominating the Red Storm. They have a very balanced attack, but will face BYU, a 3rd seed who was being considered for a 1 seed just a couple of weeks ago. Jimmer Ferdette will score his points, there's not much that can be done to contain him but will the rest of the team be able to make up for the loss of Jimmer's right hand man Brandon Davies? Out of all the higher seeds, Gonzaga may have the best shot at reaching the Final 4.

Verdict- Elite 8

8 George Mason-

George Mason was impressive in beating a very talented Villanova team. They hung around all game and went on an 8-0 run at the end of the game to tame the Wildcats. Many believe this George Mason team is very similar to the team that made the Final Four in 2006, but they will have to take down a very talented Kansas squad to make it back there.

Verdict- Second round loss

11 Virginia Commonwelth-

Many people didn't expect VCU to even make the tournament, yet they have taken down USC and Georgetown to reach the third round. Like the other mid-major teams that pulled upsets in the first round, VCU shot well from 3 point range, sinking 12 three pointers in the win over Georgetown. This will be the Rams sixth trip to the round of 32, yet they have never made it any farther. Can they win a third straight against a talented Purdue team?

Verdict- Second round loss

11 Marquette-

Marquette took down Xavier in their first game of the tournament. They came out of the Big East at 9-9 and their road to the Elite 8 could potentially match them up with two Big East teams they beat during the regular season (Syracuse and Notre Dame).

Verdict- Second round loss