March is the wrong time to be playing bad basketball.
Unfortunately for some teams, this becomes reality. Whether it be because of fatigue, stronger competition or lack of talent, teams find themselves not being able to get key victories.
Virginia is a prime example of this in the ACC.
After ending January with an 18-3 record and fresh off a victory against Clemson, the Cavaliers looked like a shoe-in for the NCAA tournament.
However, down the stretch, Virginia has slipped up multiple times and failed to beat the good teams in their division. They have lost six games since that victory against Clemson and were just bounced in the ACC tourney by NC State.
Virginia will still get into the Big Dance, but they are going in on the wrong note, which doesn't set the tone for a successful run towards the title.
They are not alone, however, as these teams also are struggling down the stretch:
The Miami (FL) men's basketball team hasn't helped their tournament chances over the last two months of the season.
The Hurricanes have dropped five of nine games since early February and were just eliminated by Florida State in the ACC tourney.
Miami could have used a good run in this tournament to hopefully sneak their way into the Big Dance, but at this point it seems like a long shot.
Although North Carolina State made it to the semifinal round of the ACC tournament, their play down the stretch is nothing to be happy about.
They played .500 basketball over the last two months, including matching four-game winning and losing streaks.
The four-game winning streak came against weaker teams like Boston College and Virginia Tech, not putting fans' worries to bed.
Assuming NC State even gets selected, it could be a short stay in the NCAA tournament for the Wolfpack if they can't play consistent basketball.
Florida State is currently making a nice run in the ACC tournament, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
The Seminoles struggled throughout February, which included an ugly loss to Boston College. That stretch won't stop the Seminoles from making the tournament by any means, but it could signal a chink in the armor.
This current winning streak for Florida State could prove to be the difference, giving them the confidence they need to win some games in the NCAA tournament.
However, if they fall back to the habits that caused some problems in February, it could be a short stay.
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