For all the optimism built into Selection Sunday—especially after VCU went from the First Four to the Final Four in 2011—there are plenty of teams who have a harsh truth to face this morning. Having realized the dream of earning a spot in the field of 68, they now have just a few days to prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime thrashing on national television.
Chief among those unfortunates are the 16th seeds, laboring under the weight of an 0-108 all-time record against the tournament’s top seeds. For teams such as UNC-Asheville, it would (almost) be just as well if the season had ended with last night’s bracket announcement.
Herein, a look at the Bulldogs and 11 more squads that will wish they’d stayed home after their March Madness openers this week.