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NCAA Basketball March Madness

2014 NCAA Tournament: 5 Biggest Disappointments From the First Weekend

The Biggest Disappointments From Rounds 1-3 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The NCAA Tournament is flat out awesome, but let's face it -- it's also full of disappointment. After just four days of tournament action, everyone's bracket is busted up on some level.

But of all the disappointing teams and things to come out of the first weekend, what stood out the most? In this slideshow we'll take a look at the five biggest disappointments from rounds 1-3:

5. The Lower Half of the South Bracket

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5. The Lower Half of the South Bracket

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If the lower half of your South bracket is in good shape, you must have known something the rest of us didn't. Both Syracuse and Kansas played poorly in the round of 32, resulting in busted brackets across America. Way to go, 'top-tier' programs.

4. Creighton Getting Blown Out

Doug McDermott Creighton Bluejays
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4. Creighton Getting Blown Out

Doug McDermott Creighton Bluejays

There weren't many predicting an extended run for Doug McDermott and the Blue Jays. But there also weren't many people predicting that they'd get run out of the gym by Baylor. It's sad, because this season will likely represent the high point in McDermott's basketball career.

3. Georges Niang's Foot Injury

Iowa State v North Carolina
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3. Georges Niang's Foot Injury

Iowa State v North Carolina

The Iowa State Cyclones are still in good shape for a run at the Final Four. But without one of their best players, Georges Niang, I don't like their chances. It's a shame, because ISU has really only been in this spot once before. However, it's clear to everyone that Fred Hoiberg has things cooking in Ames.

2. Wichita State Failing To Live Up To the Hype

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2. Wichita State Failing To Live Up To the Hype

Wichita State basketball

Stereotypes are sometimes true. That was unfortunately the case on Sunday, as Wichita State couldn't quite edge out the more talented Kentucky Wildcats. Mid-majors make for great stories, that is, until about Sweet 16 time.

1. Duke Busting Brackets Everywhere By Losing To Mercer

Duke v Mercer
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1. Duke Busting Brackets Everywhere By Losing To Mercer

Duke v Mercer

How many people have you talked to that had Duke making a serious run in year's tournament? I know I did, and I know my bracket has been scratched all to heck because of their shameful loss to Mercer. With the talent that Duke acquires every single year, there's just no excuse for a loss like their's on Friday.