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Ranking the 10 Biggest Disappointments of the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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Ranking the 10 Biggest Disappointments of the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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With the Connecticut Huskies defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2014 NCAA National Championship game, the college basketball season is officially over. The 2014 NCAA Tournament had many ups and downs that even included some of the staples in college basketball falling to perceived weaker teams. Here are the 10 biggest disappointments of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

10. Iowa State Cyclones

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10. Iowa State Cyclones

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Iowa State would be higher on this list, but they lost to eventual National Champions, UConn. The Cyclones won the Big 12 Tournament but barely beat UNC and then lost in the Sweet 16.

9. Creighton Bluejays

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9. Creighton Bluejays

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The Bluejays only scored 55 points in their round of 32 game against the Baylor Bears. That’s 55 points from one of the most potent offenses in the country. Doug McDermott could probably score that many by himself.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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8. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Oklahoma State was a higher seed than Gonzaga, but in all honesty, everyone expected more from Marcus Smart and the Cowboys. After being one of the best teams in the country to start the season, Oklahoma State was overwhelmed by the spotlight.

7. Villanova Wildcats

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7. Villanova Wildcats

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Villanova was the quiet threat from the Big East. A sleeper by many to make the Final Four, they unfortunately met up with the eventual National Champions, UConn, early in the Big Dance.

6. Ohio State Buckeyes

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6. Ohio State Buckeyes

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There’s no shame in losing to a team as talented as the Dayton Flyers, but when you’re their “big brother” school that’s expected to beat up on “little brother", a loss is an extreme disappointment.

5. Cincinnati Bearcats

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5. Cincinnati Bearcats

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The Bearcats lost to Harvard in their opening game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati had an extremely good year and an extremely talented team, but they busted a lot of brackets.

4. Oklahoma Sooners

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4. Oklahoma Sooners

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When you look at the Sooners’ schedule, their loss to North Dakota State seemed far more likely. All of their good wins came in conference play, which just goes to show that it is hard to have success when you don’t play top opposition early in the season.

3. Syracuse Orange

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3. Syracuse Orange

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In probably the second biggest upset of the tournament, Syracuse fell to Dayton right after the Flyers defeated Ohio State. Perhaps a byproduct of a Cinderella story, Syracuse just couldn’t hold off the pesky Flyers.

2. Kansas Jayhawks

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2. Kansas Jayhawks

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Kansas, who were the dark horses for many to win it all, fell out in the round of 32 to the Stanford Cardinal. Joel Embiid’s absence was clearly a factor, but that’s no excuse to lose to a team that many thought shouldn’t have even made the tournament.

1. Duke Blue Devils

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1. Duke Blue Devils

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Duke, one of the sleepers to come out of the Midwest, fell to the Mercer Bears in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have to start producing in the postseason again.