March Madness: Weaknesses From Every Sweet 16 Team in 2013 NCAA Tournament
Weaknesses of Each Sweet 16 Team
The Sweet 16 is packed with talented teams, but every team has a weakness. On teams like La Salle to Louisville, weaknesses may be hard to find, but they are definitely there.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament has been full of surprises and shocking upsets, none more entertaining than the story of Florida Gulf Coast. They are the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16 and even scarier, they are good.
Teams like La Salle, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State and Oregon were all lower seeds, but all have a chance to take a step in a direction that they are not accustomed to. Teams like Louisville, Michigan State, Duke, Indiana, Ohio State, Kansas and Syracuse have all been there before and consistently (minus Indiana recently), but they are all facing tough tests as the tournament goes on that could end their title hopes.
It may be hard to find one glaring weakness of every team left in the tournament because they all made it this far for a reason. No matter if they have five losses or 10, weaknesses are there and some teams may hide them better than others with strong play.
This year's Sweet 16 is special because of the fact that there is no clear favorite in college basketball this season. The idea that anyone can win it all is enticing and could lead to a crazy final two weeks of the season leading up to the national title game.
Could a Cinderella win it all? Will a top-seed win the title? Only time will tell, but one thing's for certain: the tournament is just getting interesting.
Here's my take on the one weakness from every Sweet 16 team. Enjoy.
It's extremely hard to find a weakness from arguably the best team in the nation, but shooting isn't exactly their strong suit. They rank 107th in the nation in shooting percentage. Not bad, but if you're going to beat them, make them shoot jumpers.
Oregon is red-hot, but if you force them to move the ball around, you can beat them or tire them out.
Michigan State: Turnovers
The Spartans are one of the most talented and athletic teams left in the tournament, but if you slow down the game and force them out of their fast-paced style, you're sure to turn them over.
Duke: Post Play
Duke is really good. However, they have one main down-low presence that goes by the name of Mason Plumlee. He's good, but he can't be the only post presence they have.
Wichita State: Scoring
The Shockers would be lucky to break the 75-point mark in a game. They are a good defensive team, but a good defense against them has them beat.
La Salle: Rebounding
The Explorers may have the best nickname left of the Sweet 16 teams, but they can't grab boards. They ranked close to 300th in the nation in rebounding.
Arizona: Can't Win Away From Home
I shouldn't say the Wildcats can't win away from home, just away from home against good teams. They are 7-4 on the road this season, and none of the wins are quality and the losses aren't great.
Ohio State: No Scorers Outside Thomas
DeShaun Thomas is the top scorer in the Big Ten and maybe the only consistent scorer on their team. This could end up being a problem.
Kansas: Lack of Depth
Kansas has a great starting five, but outside of the top seven, it's hard to find a solid contributor.
Michigan: Lack of Post Presence
Michigan is one of the head-scratching teams this season. They looked good for so long, but then teams started to exploit their post play weakness. Michigan still has a great team, but needs more solid play from Mitch McGary and crew.
Florida: Haven't Been Tested
The Gators played a total of five ranked teams this season, a majority of which finished the season unranked. It's hard to find a tough opponent when you're in the mediocre SEC.
FGCU: No Experience
Florida Gulf Coast has been the best story of the tournament. The Eagles are athletic, talented and fun to watch. Their weakness? Oh right, they have never been in the tourney before.
Indiana: Ball Distribution
This is another team that does a great job at hiding weaknesses, but I searched hard for this one. The Hoosiers have a tough time getting assists. Yep, that's all. Assists.
Syracuse: 3-Point Shooting
Syracuse can hang with any and all teams in the Big East, but hitting a 3-pointer is a different story.
The Golden Eagles are a solid team, but defense is their specialty. Scoring, however, is not.
Miami has to deal with their most recent loss of center and big man Reggie Johnson. They were already a mediocre rebounding team, but it's a whole new level of rebound struggles now.