NCAA Bracket 2012: 3 Teams That Shouldn't Bother Showing Up

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NCAA Bracket 2012: 3 Teams That Shouldn't Bother Showing Up
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Last time the Final Four was played in New Orleans, Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orangemen defeated Roy Williams' last Kansas Jayhawks team. Syracuse and Boeheim, along with Williams (now with North Carolina) and Kansas (now with Bill Self) all have designs on returning to the Big Easy.

Pete Rozelle would be proud. 

Never has his dream of "parity" spread to something so expansive as the NCAA Tournament.

No matter where you click, there are talking heads or writers using the "P-word" like never before.

What, you say, a No.15 seed beat a No.2, not once, but twice ?! And there's a No.13 seed in the Sweet Sixteen for only the fifth time in history?

Well, the answer to both questions is yes.

But, are we seeing true parity or just a compressing of the gap between everyone but the cream, which has, and will, remain clearly on top, at least for another year?

Before anyone goes kneeling before a statue of the old NFL Commissioner, or imagining sheer craziness occurring not just outside the Superdome but in it, let's take a closer look at why a few teams might as well not show up this Thursday and Friday night.

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