Upsets make the NCAA tournament.
They happen every year. Northwest Montana Tech or some school that casual fans have never heard of shocks the nation with a victory over a ranked opponent. Still, despite the trend of successful Cinderellas, many brackets will still be filled out with the lower seed advancing nine out of 10 times.
This year—don’t be that guy. Here are the most likely Top 25 teams to get KO’d early in the Big Dance:
Marquette, Georgetown and Notre Dame
Some call it an overrated conference. I call it the "Big East Curse."
Every single season, a highly ranked team out of the Big East falls victim to the latest Cinderella. Last year it was Pittsburgh to Butler. In 2012, Marquette, Georgetown and Notre Dame are the eligible candidates.
The Fighting Irish are a poor scoring and rebounding team—not a good combination. Georgetown just got ousted in their second conference tournament game. Marquette, well, they choke every year.
Missouri and Murray State
What do these two teams have in common? Both are vertically challenged.
In the NCAA tournament, wanting it the most often trumps talent. How do teams gain a hustle edge? By attacking the glass.
Missouri doesn’t have a player on its roster over 6’8” that receives major playing time. Murray State doesn’t have anyone over 6’7” that plays at least 12 minutes. If either team runs into a lengthy front court early in the tournament, their dancing will be short-lived.
The Blue Jays are overrated. When their offense can’t take off, they can’t win.
Somehow, someway, they’re currently the No. 19 team in the nation. This is the same squad that suffered a three-game losing streak in February to the "juggernauts" of Northern Iowa, Wichita State and Southern Illinois.
They struggled to take care of business in four out of their last six wins as well. A pair of games went into overtime and the other two were decided by one bucket. Creighton isn’t dominating consistently in the Missouri Valley Conference—they’re due for a letdown.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.