College Basketball: Why the Nation's Best Will/Won't Go Deep in the Tournament

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College Basketball: Why the Nation's Best Will/Won't Go Deep in the Tournament
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Very few outcomes in the NCAA Tournament are a sure thing, and this includes even the best of the best putting all the pieces together and making a deep tournament run.

Just a year ago, college basketball fans were stunned as the mighty Kansas Jayhawks were upset in the second round by an unlikely Norther Iowa team.

Showing just how unpredictable March Madness can be.

And while it's impossible to know for sure how this year's tournament is going to unfold, there are plenty of reasons for and against some of the nation's top teams navigating their way through what figures to be another extremely competitive bracket.

There's about a month until Selection Sunday which means that anyone who has any desire to be informed about their bracket is currently looking at the best teams in the nation with a critical eye.

Like a stalker digging through Kim Kardashian's trash, we're all looking for that one nugget of information that may set our bracket apart from everyone else at the office.

The truth is, at this point in the season no one really knows which teams are going deep into the tournament and as we saw last year, even the best teams can suffer unlikely losses in the early rounds.

This list isn't going to tell you which teams will be going deep into the tournament, instead, it will tell you why the best teams in the nation are capable of having success in this year's tournament and why they may come up a little bit short.

The question becomes, do the positives outweigh the negatives?

You'll have to decide that for yourself.

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