Last year, we saw only a few upsets in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In one of the stranger years ever, no No. 5 seeds lost to No. 12 seeds. Two No. 13 seeds, Marshall and Buffalo, managed to pull out victories. And in one of the most shocking upsets in NCAA tournament history, UMBC defeated Virginia. This year's field has much stronger mid-majors. Let's take a look at a few that could make some noise in this year's tournament.

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No. 1 Gonzaga

It's hard to even describe this team as a mid-major anymore, especially given their perennial dominance, but they do still play in the West Conference. They'll get to play as a No. 1 seed in the West, from where they made a run to the national championship just two years ago.

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No. 6 University of Buffalo

For the first time in history, the MAC has a No. 6 seed in the tournament field. Buffalo was one of the best teams in the country all season and will now get to showcase that talent on a national stage. Buffalo managed to beat Arizona last season, with almost the same roster they have this season. It would be a disappointment if Buffalo lost their first round game.

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