March Madness 2013: Top Seeds Likely to Make Early Exit in Conference Tournament

Mathias Ask@@MathiasAskCorrespondent IIMarch 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  Jordan Bachynski #13 of the Arizona State Sun Devils scores between David Wear #12 and Shabazz Muhammad #15 of the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The NCAA tournament is right around the corner, but first there are conference tournaments to be held.

While some top seeds, like Gonzaga, captured their conference crown almost effortlessly, there are plenty of top seeds that could be prone to an early exit.

Here are some of the teams who are most likely to watch the rest of the tournaments from the sideline.

 

UCLA Bruins

 The UCLA Bruins will face the Arizona State Sun Devils in their first game of the Pac-12 tournament.

While ASU has had a rough couple of weeks, with four straight losses from February 23 to March 9, the team bounced back on Wednesday with an 89-88 overtime win against the Stanford Cardinals. Jahii Carson, the Sun Devils' star player, had 34 points in the game and showed that he is ready to take on any challenge. 

The Bruins have had a lot of trouble with the Sun Devils this season. During the two teams' first meeting of the season, Arizona State won 78-60. And in their second meeting, the Bruins needed overtime to take care of business. 

Furthermore, UCLA lost 73-61 to unranked Washington State University just eight days ago. That was only the third conference win for Washington State this season, and it was coming off a nine-game losing streak.

 

Indiana Hoosiers

 The Indiana Hoosiers will play the winner of the Illinois vs. Minnesota matchup. The Hoosiers lost to both those teams last month, so don’t assume that Indiana’s first game in the Big Ten tournament is going to be a cakewalk. 

The Hoosiers have had a great season and will likely head into the NCAA tournament as one of the top seeds. However, viewers might know them better as being on the wrong end of several court-storming celebrations after upsets by unranked opponents, such as the overtime thriller against Butler.

 

Miami Hurricanes

The top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament has lost four games to unranked opponents this season. That includes a 71-69 loss at home against Georgia Tech, who could be the Hurricanes’ next opponent in the tournament. 

Miami started off the New Year with a 14-game winning streak, but the team has lost three out of its last five. Whether it’s Georgia Tech or Boston College who square off against Miami, this seems like the best opportunity an opponent will get to pull off an upset.  

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