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March Madness 2013: Teams Sure to Be Upset in NCAA Tournament

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 02:  Forward Elias Harris #20 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs drives to the hoop while guard Korey Thieleke #21 defends during the first half of the game against the Portland Pilots at McCarthey Athletic Center on March 2, 2013 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 8, 2013

The NCAA tournament always has upsets, and there are a few teams that are bound to be disappointed during March Madness.

The regular season has featured dozens of upsets, and the tournament will be no different.  There is no true No. 1 team in the country, and some teams will rise up while others will fall.

There are a couple of teams with some serious questions yet to be answered, and they will be sent home early from the Big Dance.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The current No. 1 team in the AP polls has earned that spot for a reason.  They have the best record in the country at 29-2.

But who have they really played?

The Bulldogs have played three ranked teams this season.  In those three games, they’ve only won one of them.  They lost to the Illinois Fighting Illini by 11 in December and lost to the Butler Bulldogs on a buzzer beater in January.  Their one win was against the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a single point on New Year’s Eve.

The Bulldogs are by no means a bad team, but their expectations are far too high.  Kelly Olynyk is a great player, but the team is bound to be a disappointment.  Once they play a team from a conference like the Big Ten or Big East, they are likely going to be in some trouble.

Miami Hurricanes

The hype surrounding the Hurricanes has been prominent ever since the big upset against the Duke Blue Devils.  They have been a very popular pick for one of the four top seeds in the NCAA tournament for a while now.

That hype is beginning to die down.

The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four games, including ugly losses against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

Looking back at their schedule, there have been some other ugly losses.  They lost against Florida Gulf Coast by double digits and lost in overtime to Indiana State.

This team has some real talent, but they appear to lose focus against weaker teams.  This will be a real concern in a few weeks.

Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are another team that was over-hyped this season, despite some ugly losses.

There are some serious question marks when looking at the Gators’ games played this year.  They have losses against Tennessee, Missouri and a double-digit loss to Arkansas.

Billy Donovan is no stranger to success in March, but this team will need to hunker down and focus for the remainder of the season.  They will be playing their final regular-season game against the struggling Kentucky Wildcats, and a loss against them would seriously hurt their seeding. 

The SEC isn’t the most powerful conference, so a smaller team very well could stun the Gators this year.  

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