With college football being over now, it’s time to focus on the hardwood. The college basketball world is being taken by storm by some freshman phenoms. But some teams who were the top dogs last year, are struggling somewhat this year. Their ship may already be sinking and we haven’t even hit February yet. I have 3 teams in mind, whose struggles could lead them to a bad seed or no bid at all in the NCAA tournament. Let’s take a look.
Syracuse is my first team on the list. A team who held a Final Four bid last year looks like a shell of themselves this year. Losing contests to the likes of Boston College and Virginia Tech, the Orange are looking kind of blue right now. Jim Boeheim said this could be his most talented group to date, but with more than 5 losses already and some tough road match ups coming up, the Orange could be out quickly.
Texas is my next team on the list of three. The Longhorns and coach Shaka Smart were once considered a top 10 team. But with 10 or so losses this far, the Longhorns may not even make the NIT. With losses to the likes of Texas-Arlington and Kent State, the Horns may have hooked themselves right out of the NCAA tourney. Tough bid for Shaka, I really like that guy.
Providence is my last team, and a bit of New England flavoring in the mix here. The Friars looked great last year with Kris Dunn and Ben Benton. But they’re gone now, and coach Ed Cooley’s squad has stuffed mightily because of it. Losses to Boston College and DePaul are on the Friars resume as of right now and that’s not good. Especially with Villanova, Butler and Creighton still on the schedule one more time. The Friars may just be mad come March.
So that’s just 3, but there are plenty of ships sunk this season. We are only half way through January, so there’s still time to make it up. Syracuse could, but they’ll have a lot of work to do.
See you all next week.