Commentary

The hunt for Killers

Giant Killers lurk in the East and South Regions. You just have to know where to look.

Originally Published: March 16, 2009
By Peter Keating | ESPN Insider

Obvious upsets? Not this year. Not only does the bracket feature an unusually low number of fertile Killers (thanks, selection committee, for leaving out San Diego State, St. Mary's and Davidson), but most of the vulnerable Goliaths didn't draw well-armed Davids. Still, there are a few opportunities for Giant Killers to strike, and we'll guide you through the East and the South Regions first. If these numbers are unfamiliar to you, check out our methodology and our Giant Killers blog.

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Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.