NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Beware These Teams When Filling out Your Bracket

Jim FolsomContributorMarch 13, 2011

NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Beware These Teams When Filling out Your Bracket

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  E'Twaun Moore #33 of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on dejected against the Michigan State Spartans during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapol
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    The NCAA Tournament is upon us. It's time to fill out your brackets. Which team will get hot and win six in a row? It could be anybody, right? You hear someone say it every year, "all it takes is for a team to get hot for the next six games and they could win it all." Butler was a good example of this.

    But is this true? Recent history suggests that teams who "get hot for the next six games" were already hot before that.

    Duke won last year's NCAA Tournament. They also won last year's ACC Tournament. And while North Carolina in 2009 did lose in the ACC Semifinals, they had won four in a row before that game.

    Florida in 2006 and 2007 won the SEC Tournament before winning the NCAA Tournament.

    So when filling out your brackets this year, stay away from teams who have been losing recently. Here are some of them.

Purdue Boilermakers

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Delvon Roe #10 of the Michigan State Spartans drives for a shot attempt against JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on M
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    Purdue lost to lowly Iowa in the regular season finale, then lost to a mediocre Michigan State team in the Big Ten Tournament. They have been one of the top teams all year, but do not be fooled.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Mike Bruesewitz #31 of the Wisconsin Badgers is attended to by head coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers medical staff after he was hurt in the second half during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at
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    Wisconsin lost to Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament. Not only did they lose, they lost 36-33 when JoePa called for a flea flicker for the go ahead Touchdown. 33 points? Really?

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 12:  Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators shoots against Brad Tinsley #1 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kev
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    Vandy can flat out shoot the rock. They are a tempting team to pick. Just be careful about how far you go with them. Eventually those three point shooters will have an off night. Vandy has lost two of its last four games to Florida and also suffered late season losses to Tennessee and Kentucky.

Pittsburgh Panthers

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    MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  Jermaine Dixon #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers moves the ball against the Xavier Musketeers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Bradley Center on March 21, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo
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    One of the top teams all year, Pitt went down in the first game of the Big East tournament that they played. They couldn't take down a UConn team that had played the two previous days. That is alarming.

Florida State Seminoles

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Erick Green #11 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts to a shot at the buzzer by Derwin Kitchen #22 of the Florida State Seminoles that would have won the game during the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament a
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    The Seminoles seem to be snake bit. First they lose their best player to an injury against a scrub team in Wake Forest. Then they lose heart breakers to North Carolina and Virginia Tech. If they can get Chris Singleton back, they may make a little noise. But they won't last too long either way.

Florida Gators

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 13:  Kenny Boynton #1 of the Florida Gators reacts during their game against the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin
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    The Gators laid an egg in the SEC Final against Kentucky. They could not buy a bucket. This can't help their confidence going into the Big dance.

North Carolina Tar Heels

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 13:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots against Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during the second half in the championship game of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum
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    Poor first half play has become a disturbing trend for Heels fans. Hard to dig out of big holes against top competition.