NCAA Bracket 2012: 5 Worst Trap Games

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NCAA Bracket 2012: 5 Worst Trap Games
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In the NCAA tournament, where one loss ends a team's season and national title hopes, it's hard to characterize any game as a "trap game."

That being said, there are situations where a team faces the prospect of a daunting matchup one or two rounds away, and may not devote quite enough attention to the initial matchup as needed.

It also could include situations where a team is coming off a really big win, or a few big wins, and enters the tournament on a major high because of its recent success.

There are a few good recent examples of teams going down earlier than anyone expected. One would be Louisville a year ago, where after making a run to the Big East Championship game, went down in its first game (second round, technically) to the No. 13 seed Morehead State.

Another example, also from the Big East, would be Georgetown in 2010. The Hoyas entered as a No. 3 seed, and came out completely flat against an energetic and frenetic Ohio team. The Bobcats, the No. 14 seed, got to a quick lead and never looked back, sending Georgetown to a rather humbling and somewhat embarrassing defeat in the first round.

So, which teams could fall into the same kind of trap as Louisville and Georgetown did the past two years? Here's a look at five possible cases.

 

For your printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA tournament, click here

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