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NCAA Brackets 2013: Most Inconsistent Top Seeds in Sweet 16

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers lays on the court after a play in the second half against the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 27, 2013

No team is perfect and a few losses can only be expected throughout the course of a campaign, but some top seeds in the 2013 NCAA tournament are legitimately inconsistent.

Going on curious losing streaks and falling to unranked teams you should beat are signs of an inconsistent club, especially if you have a wealth of talent on the roster.

Three top seeds in particular stand out as inconsistent teams in the Sweet 16. They could win the national championship this year. Then again, they could fall in the Sweet 16.

Here's a look at them.

All stats via ESPN.com and TeamRankings.com.


Indiana (1)

Indiana has arguably the most talent on any roster in college basketball. Then again, the Hoosiers lost to Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin in the second half of the season.

Against defensive-minded teams in Ohio State and Wisconsin, Indiana shot 40 and 38 percent respectively despite boasting some premier NBA prospects in center Cody Zeller and guard Victor Oladipo.

Of course, Indiana also beat Ohio State, Michigan (twice) and Michigan State (twice) in the second half of the season.

Indiana rolled in the Round of 64 against James Madison, but barely escaped with a 58-52 squeaker against No. 9 seed Temple in the Round of 32.

Seven of the Hoosiers' 15 players on the roster are underclassmen, including Zeller.

 

Syracuse (4)

After starting 18-1 (including a victory over Louisville), Syracuse went on to lose to Villanova, Pittsburgh, Georgetown (twice), Marquette and Louisville (twice). The loss to Louisville on March 16 in the Big East tournament was a 78-61 beatdown.

Syracuse rolled over No. 13 seed Montana in the Round of 64, but survived a 66-60 squeaker against No. 12 seed Cal in the Round of 32.

Now the Orange head to Washington D.C. in "The Battle of the Inconsistents" against Indiana.

 

Florida (3)

Florida basically has everything to win a national championship. The Gators have scoring, they have defense and they have rebounding. 

But, despite ranking sixth in the nation in offensive efficiency, third in defensive efficiency and 28th in rebounding rate, the fact of the matter is the Gators lost to unranked squads such as Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss down the stretch this season.

Perhaps the convincing victories over Northwestern State and Minnesota point to a deep run in the NCAA tournament for the Gators. Then again, those losses to unranked teams get you thinking.

Florida's next opponent, No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, is on just the kind of Cinderella run that should worry Gators fans.

 

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