Ranking the 2013 NCAA Tournament’s Top 10 Primed to Fail

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The Kentucky Wildcats Have Already Failed This Season

The Kentucky Wildcats Have Already Failed This Season
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For the biggest programs in the nation, successful season is based solely on who you perform in the NCAA Tournament. There are ten teams that have to potential to ruin their season by failing to make it as far as they and their fans thought they would.

The Kentucky Wildcats are just that team. The failed so early that they didn’t even make the tournament. They were invited to the NIT only to lose to lowly Robert Morris. If that isn’t a failed season, I don’t know what is.

Expectations are always given to players, teams and programs that are good and could be destined for greatness. For any school in my following list, being good could only mean getting to the Final Four; being great means winning it all.

Expectations have always been blamed for most team’s downfalls. Players and coaches can’t handle the idea that they are favored to win. The added media attention in the tournament only compounds to that burden of being one of the top programs in the nation.

Sometimes it takes an experienced player to help cope with that burden or even a good coach. Sometimes none of those help and the only thing that can get you where you want to go is your ability on the court. All the following teams have tons of ability but it’s whether they can match the mental aspect with their physical one that will tell the difference.

If they can’t then an early exit is in the cards and the season will be deemed a failure.

The following are the top ten primed to fail teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

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10. Georgetown Hoyas

10. Georgetown Hoyas
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The Georgetown Hoyas have had an uneventful season. They aren't really on anyone's radar and some believe their number two seed is inflated. Look for teams to come out gunning against them and even send them home very early.

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9. Syracuse Orange

9. Syracuse Orange
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The Syracuse Orange haven't had the year many thought they would. They made a late run into the Big East tournament championship game only to end up losing that as well. The Orange have a modest four seed and will have difficulty getting past the first weekend.

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8. Ohio State Buckeyes

8. Ohio State Buckeyes
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The Ohio State Buckeyes always seem to pop up at the end of every season and get a high seed in the tournament. This year might be too high and the effort the team put into winning the Big 10 tournament might mean a quicker than normal exit for the Buckeyes.

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7. Kansas Jayhawks

7. Kansas Jayhawks
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The Kansas Jayhawks always seem to fly under the radar during the season and in the tournament. This year's third round potential match-up against North Carolina and their old coach Roy Williams will change that. Bill Self will have his work cut out for to avoid an early exit.

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6. Louisville Cardinals

6. Louisville Cardinals
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The Louisville Cardinals have been destined for greatness since the start of the season. Rick Pitino's teams have one thing in common: either they go deep into the tournament or they lose early. This team might be the lose early type. Most schools that win the Big East tournament have a tough time getting past the first weekend and the Cardinals could be that team.

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5. Miami Hurricanes

5. Miami Hurricanes
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Usually when a team wins both the ACC regualar season and the tournament championship it guarantees them a number seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Miami Hurricanes only got a two seed. Does the NCAA committee know something no one else does? The Hurricanes haven't been in this spot ever and their lack of experience might pave the way for an early exit.

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4. Indiana Hoosiers

4. Indiana Hoosiers
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This was supposed to be the Indiana Hoosiers year but instead it was an up and down one culminating in a semi final loss to Wisconsin in their conference tourney. The Hoosiers surprised many by still getting the number one seed in the East region. The seed might be too high and an early exit wouldn't shock anyone.

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3. New Mexico Lobos

3. New Mexico Lobos
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The committee was scolded for giving the New Mexico Lobos such a high seed. It was a banner year for the Mountain West conference and it's up to the Lobos to justify a high seed.

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2. Duke Blue Devils

2. Duke Blue Devils
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Everyone hates the Duke Blue Devils and wants them to fail and fall hard. The Blue Devils had an off year not winning the ACC regular or the tournament championship. A number two seed might be too high for them as Ryan Kelly may still not be fully fit

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1. Gonzaga Bulldogs

1. Gonzaga Bulldogs
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The NCAA Tournament committee never gives a number one seed to a school from a non major conference. This year it did and if the Gonzaga Bulldogs fail it will never happen again. The Zags have always been the cinderella upset special team but now all the pressure is on them to make it to the Final Four. They've had some setbacks in the previous tournaments but this year might be their biggest one.

Shahab Khan is a Basketball and NCAA Columnist with Rant Sports

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