There are nearly 10 teams still battling for the chance to get a No. 1 or No. 2 seed for the NCAA tournament, teams full of stars, teams with great coaches and teams who have taken care of business all season. This is why it’s called March Madness. Which of the top teams will most likely be going home earlier than expected?
Leading off the list is the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks, a team infamous for being upset in the NCAA tournament. This season, the Jayhawks were expected to win the Big 12 Conference championship, but after losing four games, Kansas shared the title with the No. 11 K-State Wildcats.
All four of Kansas’ Big 12 losses came against teams that were not ranked at the time of the game, which included the biggest upset of the year when Kansas lost to TCU. It seemed that the Jayhawks had their heads on straight after their three-game losing streak before losing their last game of the season. Kansas went into the Baylor game knowing that a win would mean the Big 12 title outright, and then lost by 23 points.
Factor in three Big 12 wins they needed to get the job done, and anyone can see that this Jayhawk team is not the same as in past years. Despite having multiple veterans from last year’s team that went to the national title game, this Kansas teams relies on a freshman to take on a majority of the scoring load. This team will only go as far as Ben McLemore takes them.
The No. 6 Miami Hurricanes put together a very impressive resume throughout the season, which led to winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. The Hurricanes were undefeated in ACC play before losing three of their last five games of the season in what was a weak conference this season. Two of those three losses were to teams that finished with only six conference wins.
Miami’s only other two losses this season were to two good mid-major teams in Florida Gulf Coast and Indiana State. If the Hurricanes get a top two seed, they will most likely get matched up with another good mid-major team which could put Miami on upset alert. The Hurricanes have not been to the NCAA Tournament since the 2007-08 season. Despite having a talented squad, Miami lacks players who have been there before.
Lastly, there is a tie between the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers and the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines. All season, everyone has heard about how these are two of the best teams in the country and how they each could be considered a favorite to win it all. This all means one thing, that every team will give these two teams their best.
All five of the Hoosiers’ losses could be considered upsets, but they did defeat the Wolverines both times by a combined 9 points. With Wooden Award finalists on the team in Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller for Indiana and Trey Burke for Michigan, both teams have superstars.
With no certain No. 1 team in the country this year, there is room for plenty of upsets to take place. With mid-majors becoming as strong as ever, no team can be overlooked anymore.