Final Four Predictions: Top Seeded Teams Who Won't Make It to Atlanta

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 18, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15:  Players for the Georgetown Hoyas sit on the bench dejected against the Syracuse Orange during the semifinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The bracket has been set for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, with several teams this year in contention for a spot in the Final Four.

Technically every team is still in the running to make it to Atlanta, but the reality is that the vast majority of them will be nothing other than minor road blocks to the top seeded teams.

Having said that, not all of the top seeds will have it their own way in the tournament this year, with several likely to fall well before the Final Four.

Read on to see which top seeds will sputter in the tournament this year and should be avoided in your bracket predictions for the Final Four.


Gonzaga (No. 1 seed, West Region)

Gonzaga comes into the NCAA Tournament as one of the top teams in the country, but having not played too many big games, you've got to wonder if the Bulldogs can make it to the Final Four this year.

They ranked 97th in the country for strength of schedule and lost two of the three games they played against seeded teams. Neither of those facts inspire a great deal of confidence in the Bulldogs as a result—especially given the talent that they could face before the Final Four.

A firing Saint Louis could meet them in the Sweet 16, whilst the likes of Memphis and Michigan loom as big threats should they make to the Elite Eight.

Hard to see Gonzaga getting through that to the Final Four.


Georgetown (No. 2 seed, South Region)

Georgetown has found success all season with its strong defense and gritty style of play, but without any real offensive strengths they could well struggle in the tournament this year—especially if Otto Porter Jr. doesn't have a big night for the Hoyas.

The Hoyas face a tough opponent in San Diego State in just the third round of the tournament, and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Georgetown fall there.

And even if the Hoyas did get through that, there's no way that this team has enough firepower to keep pace with Florida or UCLA in the Sweet 16, or VCU and Kansas in the Elite Eight, and they therefore won't make it through to the Final Four as a result.


Marquette (No. 3 seed, East Region)

Marquette has few obvious strengths this season—they just somehow keep on winning—with their squad rarely delivering a poor performance. And against a strong East Region, that ability to stay close and not allow cheap points should hold them in good stead at March Madness.

However, it won't necessarily win them those big games, and with difficult matchups throughout the tournament, it's hard to see the Golden Eagles going far.

Davidson could come close to upsetting them in the second round when they meet, and even if they win that, there's no way that the Golden Eagles are beating the likes of Miami, Indiana and Syracuse in an Elite Eight matchup.


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