The Most Overrated College Basketball Teams of the 2012-13 Season

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2012

The Most Overrated College Basketball Teams of the 2012-13 Season

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    I’m probably not going to make too many friends with this article, but the fact of the matter is there are always overrated college basketball teams every season, and this 2012-13 season is no exception.

    Sometimes the squads are ranked highly because of the name on the front of the jersey, sometimes it is because of the past success of the coach and other times certain schools seem to be overrated every year (cut to Duke haters nodding everywhere).

    So who are the most overrated teams of the 2012-13 season?

    Read on to find out. Feel free to tell me why I am wrong in the comments section below.


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    Connecticut is playing in a difficult situation, and I give them all the credit in the world for starting 4-1.

    That being said, Connecticut is getting a bit too much love for beating Michigan State in a contest that took place thousands of miles away from either school’s campus.

    The Huskies team that has struggled against mid-major competition the rest of the year is a much closer indication of the true talent level left in Storrs.

    It took double overtime for UConn to beat Quinnipiac (really?) and the Huskies just lost to an underrated New Mexico team. What’s more, the Huskies almost lost to a below-average Wake Forest.


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    Chaminade 86 Texas 73.

    Yes, that score actually happened in real life at the Maui Invitational. By the way, Chaminade is in Division II.

    Then the Longhorns followed that effort up with a loss to USC. The Trojans aren’t exactly world-beaters. It’s safe to say Texas did not have a successful Hawaiian vacation.

    Yes, I know the Longhorns aren’t currently in the Top 25, but they have been right on the brink all season long (regularly appearing on the top of the others receiving votes category).

    A team that appears in many voters’ rankings doesn’t lose by double digits to a team from D-II.

    Maybe there is something to the theory that Rick Barnes just isn’t a good coach, because Texas has the talent to be much better than this.

North Carolina/Kentucky

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    I’m giving two of the most historically great programs the same slide because their stories are basically the same.

    In case you missed the NBA Draft this summer, the Tar Heels and Wildcats reserved the first round for themselves.

    Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall and John Henson were taken early for North Carolina, while Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague walked across the stage for Big Blue Nation.

    The fact that both of these teams were considered among the best in the nation this year after a draft like that is a testament to the greatness of Kentucky and North Carolina basketball, as well as John Calipari and Roy Williams.

    However, I do not think the Wildcats or Tar Heels will be able to seamlessly replace all that talent the way others do. We saw early evidence of that in Kentucky’s loss to Duke (struggled on the glass) and UNC’s upset defeat at the hands of Butler.

    Of course, now that I have said that, one of these two programs will probably figure it out and win the national championship.

    I don't think Calipari and Williams are going to struggle to put together great seasons, but neither will be in the Final Four.

    And that’s the ultimate goal for both North Carolina and Kentucky every season.