With just a couple weeks left in the season, the top 7 teams in the nation lost on the same day. This caused a flurry of moves amongst the top teams and proved to everyone that any team can win on any given day. This makes the top teams even more beatable than past tournaments and we’re looking at some of the top seeds that can make an early exit.
Duke – #2 Seed
In a devastating end to Coach K’s final season, the Blue Devils lost to rival UNC at home and then to Virginia Tech shortly after in the ACC tournament. This is not the Blue Devils we know of and not what Coach K is used to performing at. This team has talent, but too many people fighting for the ball and not working as a team can cost Coach K his final season, bringing it to an early end.
Baylor – #1 Seed
The Bears have arguably the toughest #1 vs. #8/#9 matchup of all four #1 seeds. The Bears face the winner of the UNC-Marquette game which is going to be a battle in itself that we are very excited for. The Bears are a great team, but UNC has always been a problem and has a lot of history in March Madness. The Tar Heels deserved to be much higher than an #8 seed and it will show if they topple the Bears.
Purdue – #3 Seed
Purdue has a favorable matchup against Yale to start but drew Texas-Virginia Tech winner for the round of 32 which gives us the question, can Virginia Tech ride this high to the sweet 16? Virginia Tech miraculously pulled off winning the ACC Tournament beating Duke in the process and these hopefuls are confident they can make it through an overseeded Texas team and the Boilermakers to do so.
Auburn – #2 Seed
Auburn has surprised many of us entering this tournament as high as they did. Auburn was one of the better teams in College Basketball this season but looked shaky throughout. Of the #15 seeds, Jacksonville State is the one most likely to pull off a miracle. Jacksonville State didn’t even win their conference tournament due to Bellarmine’s ineligibility which would make this a story for the ages if it happens. Auburn also would face the winner of USC-Miami and a potential Wisconsin team in the Sweet 16. We think the Tigers will have a real uphill battle making it to the Elite 8.
Arkansas – #4 Seed
Arkansas is on upset watch with a tough matchup to start the tournament against Cinderella hopeful Vermont. If they can survive that game, they then face the winner of the Uconn vs. New Mexico State game which should be the dagger ending their sweet 16 hopes. Arkansas is a team we’ll be avoiding in this tournament.
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