Bracket Projection: NW State

DeQuan Hicks led Northwestern State with 14.1 points in the regular season. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports

The Northwestern State Demons shocked the world in 2006 when they upset heavily favored Iowa in one of the NCAA tournament's most memorable games. Can this Demons squad, paced by the nation's most prolific scoring offense (82.4 points per game), take down another giant?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

The Demons and Stephen F. Austin traded places all season long atop the Southland Conference. But it was Northwestern State which prevailed in a tight SLC final. And the Demons have been here before, knocking off Iowa in a 3/14 matchup in 2006. So if the mediocre Florida shows up, who knows? I don't see it, but who would have picked Norfolk State or Lehigh this time last year?


Best wins: Louisiana Tech, Stephen F. Austin (twice)

Worst losses: Nicholls State