10 NCAA Basketball Teams That Will Disappoint During Conference Tournaments
NCAA Basketball Teams That Will Disappoint During Conference Tournaments
Predicting the teams that are going to overachieve and the ones that are going to disappoint during conference tournament season can be hit or miss. However, I will be predicting 10 NCAA basketball teams that will disappoint.
Some of these teams are ranked in the top five of college basketball. I know what you are thinking. No, I am not crazy. Every single year teams disappoint during conference tournaments.
That tends to happen when you have bubble teams fighting for their NCAA tournament lives and you have other teams that are already a lock to make the dance.
When you are the top dog entering postseason play, not winning your conference tournament can be considered a disappointment.
There are at least three teams on this list that will enter postseason play as the favorite to win its conference. It would not surprise me if all of those teams did in fact win their conference tournaments, but talking about that would be no fun.
College basketball is all about the upsets. Well, until it is your team getting upset. Once the calendar turns over to March all bets are off. Any team can lose at any given time. No, the magic doesn’t just happen in the NCAA tournament.
You better believe that there are upsets every single year in conference tournaments and you better believe that this year will be no different.
Without further ado, let’s make some predictions.
Read on to see 10 NCAA basketball teams that will disappoint during conference tournaments.
The VCU Rams are a very talented team. They entered the season by being ranked in the top 25 for a reason. However, there seems to be more hungry teams than them in the Atlantic 10 this year, or at least as of late.
Dayton has won six in a row, Saint Louis has yet to lose and Saint Joseph’s is surprisingly the second best team in the A 10 standings.
VCU has lost three out of its last four games. Entering the A 10 tournament on a losing streak could lead to an early exit.
Virginia could easily win the ACC regular season title this year. The Cavaliers have won 11 games in a row and hold a one-game lead in the conference standings. However, they did not beat Duke in their only meeting and they have yet to play Syracuse.
I am not trying to take anything away from this team, but until they beat Duke or Syracuse, I cannot consider them the best team in the conference even though they could enter the tourney as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
The ACC is a tough conference, but when the regular season is over, Virginia will have only played Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina one time each -- it got lucky.
There is a reason why the Cavaliers are ranked lower than the Blue Devils and the Orange in the rankings. Regardless, I am predicting Virginia to lose earlier than expected in the ACC tournament.
Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State is without a doubt the best team in the MVC. However, it is very, very hard to beat a team three times in one season. The Shockers will have to pull off that feat more than once if they plan on winning their conference tournament.
Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss has now lost four games in a row. That is the exact opposite of what a bubble team wants to do this late in the season.
The Rebels won the SEC tournament last season and they may have to do that again if they plan on making the dance.
However, I don’t think that is going to happen. As a result, Ole Miss could be playing in the NIT.
Syracuse is clearly a great basketball team. The Orange did not win 25 games in a row by mistake.
However, they have been struggling as of late and teams like Duke and North Carolina could very easily knock them off in the ACC tournament. Anything less than a tournament championship would be a disappointment for this team.
The Atlantic 10 has a lot of teams that could end up in the NCAA tournament and Richmond is one of them. However, not every single team in the A 10 is going to make the championship game.
The Spiders don’t necessarily have to make the championship to meet expectations, but I am sure that is the goal.
The team has a 4-1 record since leading scorer Cedrick Lindsay went down for the season, but George Washington was probably the only NCAA tournament team out of those five opponents and the Spiders lost that game.
The Villanova Wildcats would be the best team in the Big East if it weren’t for the Creighton Bluejays. Villanova may have a higher ranking, but Creighton has beaten it by a combined 49 points in two contests this season.
As I said earlier, beating a team three times in one season is very tough, but the Bluejays have absolutely dominated the Wildcats this year.
Just like most teams ranked in the top 10, anything short of a conference tournament championship would be a disappointment for Villanova.
Gonzaga has lost two games in a row and teams like BYU, San Francisco and Saint Mary’s are more than capable of knocking it off in the WCC tournament. Those three teams are on the bubble and will be giving it their all the rest of the season so they can try and punch a ticket to the dance.
The Bulldogs may win the regular season title, but it should not surprise anyone if they don’t win the conference tournament.
Pittsburgh has not beaten any of the top four teams in the ACC. It will probably have to play one of those teams well before the championship game which means an early exit could be in store for it. Being on a three-game losing streak probably doesn’t help this team’s confidence heading into postseason play.
The Florida Gators are the No. 1 team in the country. They have been awesome this year and are currently on a 19-game win streak.
The Gators very well could finish perfect in the SEC, but they will have a huge target on their backs in their conference tournament.
The Kentucky Wildcats didn't even win every single game in the SEC when Anthony Davis was on the team. They lost in the SEC championship game. That team went on to win a national championship.
Just like many conferences, the SEC has plenty of teams fighting for a spot in the field of 68. Although Florida is the team to beat, these bubble teams will be desperate for wins and the SEC does not get enough credit -- very talented conference.
Just like you have heard a few times already, anything short of a conference tournament championship for this team would be looked at as a disappointment.