Selection Sunday has finally arrived. The day fans all over the country wait to see their school listed on the tournament field or have their hearts broken and face the reality of getting snubbed. Either way, people will be glued to their TV’s and anxiously awaiting to fill out all of their brackets. So as we all await the selections, I thought I’d go through a list of teams that shouldn’t be trusted when filling out our brackets, no matter how good of a pick they may seem to be. Let’s get straight into it.
Virginia Cavaliers: Almost guaranteed to be the No. 1 overall seed, I’m probably crazy for thinking this right? Work with me here. Virginia is an incredibly talented defensive minded team and I’m not trying to take anything away from what they accomplished this year. With that said, that is all this UVA team is. Relying only on defense, Virginia has been average at best on the offensive side of the ball and in March Madness that will only get you so far. Last year, Virginia had a very similar team and they took a second round exit after getting manhandled 65-39 against Florida. Not to mention the fact they barely squeaked by their first-round opponent UNC Wilmington the game before. Don’t be surprised to see UVA as the first No. 1 seed knocked out.
Kentucky Wildcats: This year’s UK squad is a confusing one. They’ve lacked consistency all season long and you just don’t know which team will show up any given night. Even John Calipari himself once mentioned the ongoing struggle to find their identity. They are an easy pick because of the name but, with one of the youngest groups in recent memory and with no clear leadership, it’s hard to imagine this Kentucky team to really be a true threat in this year’s tournament.
Any Big 12 Team Except Kansas: Usually one of the best conferences in college hoops, the Big 12 was a complete mess in 2017-18. Kansas was the usual stand out, Texas Tech was the surprise team of the conference, Oklahoma started out hot and turned into an absolute train wreck and West Virginia has been up and down. Other than that, the rest of the competition was nothing more than average. As for the NCAA Tournament, the last time a Big 12 team not named Kansas or Oklahoma made a Final Four was Kansas State in 1964. With Oklahoma possibly not even making the field, Kansas is once again the only team people should trust but, even then KU hasn’t been able to get further than the Elite Eight the past 5 years.
Wichita State Shockers: The Shockers will once again be walking their way into the tournament without a sweat. Even though the 25-7 (14-4) record looks pretty on paper, Wichita State has just one high-quality win (Cincinnati), and two “OK” wins (Baylor, Houston). They haven’t seen a lot of tough competition. The Shockers also failed to reach their conference championship game, coming off a loss to Houston in the semifinal. The past few tournaments they showed that they can still compete with the big boys but can’t seem to make past the second round. WSU will most likely end up with a top 5 seed but, don’t let that fool you into thinking they are a better team than what they’ve proved themselves to be.
Duke Blue Devils: For some reason, I can never get myself to trust Duke when filling out brackets. It seems like every year they are either an early exit or a deep run/National title. No matter how talented the team is, the Blue Devils always end up being a coin flip in March.
In the end, nothing you just read truly matters because not a single person knows how March Madness will play out. After all, that’s the beauty of this entire spectacle. So as we wait for the selections to be announced, it’s time to let out the inner analyst in us all and prepare ourselves to fill out the best brackets possible. Finally, March Madness has arrived.
– Collin Borron