Heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament festivities, one of the overarching themes this season has been the disappointing performance of top-ranked teams.
Throughout the regular season, it seemed parity reigned supreme atop the college basketball landscape—but it was mostly massive inconsistencies. Top-Five teams made a habit out of losing to unranked schools, which at one point happened on three consecutive nights.
There is no Kentucky this season, a team so great that it felt like every other team was merely playing for second place. While that doesn’t necessarily mean March Madness will hit its height of mania this season, it certainly makes it feel more likely—especially among ranked teams.
Note that just because a team is mentioned does not automatically mean they will lose in the first round. Basketball is a matchup-driven sport, and Selection Sunday will be what ultimately determines the likeliest top seeds to get sent packing.
What’s more, not all upsets are created equal. Mentioning a fifth-seeded team certainly means that squad is susceptible early, but the same cannot be said for projected No. 1 seeds. An upset in the Sweet 16 isn’t as catastrophic as on the first Friday or Saturday, but it is no less noteworthy.
With caveat out of the way, here is a complete breakdown of a few teams that will be susceptible shocking upsets at this year’s Big Dance.