5 Teams That Don't belong in the Sweet 16
The first weekend of the NCAA tournament is now in the books, and, as advertised, there was plenty of March Madness. Upsets could be found in every region, and college superstars, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, didn't even make it to the Sweet 16. There are some teams that made it past the Round of 32 that are a little surprising. Here are five teams that have made an improbable run to the Sweet 16.
The Volunteers had some odd losses throughout the season, but managed to pick up enough quality wins during SEC conference play to sneak into one of the First Four games. Since then, Jarnell Stokes has taken over, and Tennessee has scored wins over Iowa, Massachusetts and Mercer. Not bad for a team that had to fight to stay on the bubble. The Vols are playing with house money at this point.
Stanford, a university known for its academics and football program, is showing some signs of life in the basketball department. These "overachievers'' upset of the Kansas Jayhawks' busted brackets across the country. Stanford has their work cut out for them, however, if they want to advance even further.
Connecticut got a favorable draw, which made up for a relatively unspectacular regular season. Shabazz Napier is becoming a household name, and the seventh-seeded Huskies have proved to be much more dangerous than their seed indicates. There is a good chance that they can continue their success, especially if Napier can maintain his high level of play.
The Flyers opened up the tournament with a huge win over Ohio State, setting the stage for a tourney that would be filled with upset. Archie Miller's squad was very much a bubble team, and many considered them to be an NIT team at best, but no one can argue that the Flyers are making the most of their opportunity.
For a while, it looked like the Wildcats' season was destined for disappointment. The team that many predicted to finish a perfect 40-0, struggled through a disappointing, double-digit loss season. Credit coach John Calipari for turning the Wildcats around in time for a tourney run. Against all odds, Kentucky is peaking at the right time, and the arrow is pointing up heading into their showdown with rival Louisville.