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12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament

These teams are not bringing their best into the Tourney. How much will it hurt them?
12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament
Plenty of cases can be made for the anatomy of an upset and all the great things about potential Cinderellas.

At the same time, maybe not enough of the focus goes to the other half of the upset, the losing team heading back from the NCAA Tournament with its championship dreams shattered.

NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday Reaction: Virginia, NC State up. SMU, Louisville down

Cavaliers take the last No. 1 seed, Wolfpack heads to Dayton
NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday Reaction: Virginia, NC State up. SMU, Louisville down

As usual, the first surprises of the NCAA Tournament start with Selection Sunday. The brackets you’ve just printed may still be warm, and a few teams are still in shock.

NC State is in. SMU is out. Virginia is No. 1. And Louisville is not happy.

Those aren't the only teams taking a long look at the next three weeks. Here's what stood out from the Selection Show and what we learned about the NCAA selection committee this time around.

The Dummies' Guide to March Madness 2014

For those just jumping on the bandwagon, this is what you've missed
The Dummies' Guide to March Madness 2014

For any fan just getting into college basketball in time for championship week and office pools: What took you so long?

You have some catching up to do. By waiting until the final weeks, you’ve missed a historic season. Certainly, every season is historic for one reason or another, so maybe this season will be among the most memorable even before the NCAA Tournament.

N.C. State's T.J. Warren earns National Player of the Week honors

Duke's Jabari Parker adds top freshman award
N.C. State's T.J. Warren earns National Player of the Week honors

NC State isn’t where it wants to be this season, but at least with T.J. Warren, the Wolfpack are appointment viewing.

The sophomore showed why NC State could be considered a sleeper in the ACC Tournament with a pair of 40-point games this week.

Warren scored 41 points in a 74-67 road upset of Pittsburgh on Monday and then added 42 in a 78-68 against Boston College on Sunday to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

Against Boston College, Warren added 13 rebounds, including four in the offensive end.

College Basketball Game Preview: North Carolina seeks sweep vs. Duke

Tar Heels looking to extend win streak vs. rival Blue Devils
College Basketball Game Preview: North Carolina seeks sweep vs. Duke

The ACC Tournament starts next week, and the league seems to have fewer questions than ever at the top.

Will Syracuse pull out of its scoring slump in time? Should we believe in Virginia to make a run? Can North Carolina be trusted in a bracket? And what is the ceiling for Duke?

The latter two questions may be answered in some form or another Saturday night in the regular season finale for Duke and North Carolina.

Who will be the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament?

From Arizona to Wichita State, we analyzed and predicted each contender
Who will be the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament?

While many teams are fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament from the bubble, another key part of the bracket is still being determined.

A No. 1 seed carries with it not just prestige, but also a decisive advantage history wise to advance to the second weekend of the Tournament. A No. 1 seed has never lost its first game and has more often won the national title (18 times) than it failed to reach the Sweet 16 (13).

College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

Wichita State and Virginia are surging, Kentucky and others are sinking
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know March 3

The first weekend in March was not a bad way to start the greatest five weeks in the college basketball season.

Wichita State wrapped up an undefeated regular season. Virginia came a little closer to winning the ACC. Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky — all preseason top five teams — looked completely out of sorts.

In other words, unpredictability reigns.

More unlikely storylines are sure to occur as conference tournaments start later this week in most of the traditional one-bid leagues.

College Basketball Game Preview: Virginia seeks ACC title vs. Syracuse

The Cavaliers can score a major statement against the sagging Orange
College Basketball Game Preview: Virginia seeks ACC title vs. Syracuse

Virginia wasn’t one of the first major stories of the season in the ACC, but it may be the last.

The Jabari Parker Watch was alive at Duke for most of the early part of the year, and Syracuse started 25-0 with a series of wild finishes.

The Cavaliers, though, may end up as league champions after Saturday. Virginia ascended to the ACC lead last week and will play their biggest game in decades against the Orange.

For its part, Syracuse is trying to reassert itself after a series of close calls and two losses in recent weeks.

Weekly Tipoff: Are you a North Carolina believer?

The enigmatic Tar Heels have stabilized. Are you buying in?
Weekly Tipoff: Are you a North Carolina believer?

One of the main storylines early in the season was the unpredictability of North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky early in the year but also lost to UAB and Belmont — all before conference play started.

North Carolina was either going to have one of the strangest resumes for any team in the NCAA Tournament or some of the strongest wins for any program to land in the NIT.

Since Jan. 26, though, North Carolina has stabilized for eight consecutive wins heading into tonight’s game against NC State.

Pinpointing Coaches of the Year for Every Major College Basketball Conference

Virginia's Tony Bennett is our pick for top coach in the ACC
Pinpointing Coaches of the Year for Every Major College Basketball Conference


With a little more than two weeks to Selection Sunday, the college basketball season almost certainly has a few more surprises even before the NCAA Tournament.

Some of those, though, won’t be many of the best coaching jobs in each league. By now, we know the teams that have overachieved, teams that have faced some of the most adversity and teams that have thrived despite of limitations.

For the most part, we know who is in contention for coach of the year in every major conference even before the invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

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