Three Teams That Will Disappoint In The NCAA Tournament
Here are three squads that won’t live up to the hype in the NCAA tournament.
Like I said in my dark horse article, I love March Madness and while we always see great underdog stories, we always see teams that underachieve. Here are three basketball teams that will not live up to the hype.
#2 Alabama: Something about the Crimson Tide just does not sit right with me. The SEC experienced a down year this past season and while Alabama looked great, they didn’t play top tier competition.
Another red flag is that Alabama has to play a tough tournament schedule. They open with #15 Iona. While this may look like your typical #2 vs #15 matchup, it is not. Iona has Rick Pitino at the helm and will have the Gaels ready for war. If they make it out of this trap game then they will have to play either Uconn or Maryland who are all very strong squads.
I don’t see the Crimson Tide reaching the Sweet Sixteen due to their lack of competition that they have played and that they will have a tough road through the tournament.
#4 Virginia: This is a tough one. I think Virginia will surprise a lot of people in one of two ways. They could make a Final Four run but, I see then getting the boot early on. They have a super difficult first round matchup against Ohio University.
The Bobcats are led by guard Jason Preston who averages 17.1 points per game and forward Dwight Wilson III who is averaging 14.9 points per game. A key factor to look at is that Ohio only lost to Illinois, a one seed, by just two points earlier this season.
I have the Cavaliers getting bounced very early on. Even if they get past the Bobcats, they would have a tough bout against either Creighton or UCSB.
#3 Kansas: Much like Virginia, I feel very mixed on the Jayhawks. Another team that has to play a scrappy squad that is seeded low. Kansas has to play against Eastern Washington. The only difference between the Eagles from Eastern Washington and the Bobcats from Ohio is that EWU has not faced off against a top level opponent.
The reason I have Kansas on here is because, the past few seasons in the tournament, they haven’t performed great. I have very little confidence in the Jayhawks so, that is the main reason that they have found their way onto this list.
Look, I’m not a professional so don’t take my advice and bet your house on it because I could be looking like an absolute buffoon at then end of this tournament.