Charles E. Sutton | 3/26/2013, 11:20 a.m.
Top 5 NCAA Duds this Weekend
We all knew that this year's NCAA tournament was wide open, but that's no reason for the subpar performances from some teams this past weekend. Thus far, these are the most disappointing efforts:
5. Kansas State
I'm having difficulty understanding how the Wildcats won a share of the Big 12 regular season championship. Perhaps that speaks more about the conference than the team from Manhattan, Kansas. But, Kansas State had a No. 4 seed and essentially home court advantage against LaSalle, in Kansas City, Mo., and still couldn't come away with a win.
4. N.C. State
With their roster intact and supposedly improved from the squad that almost beat Kansas to advance to the Elite Eight last year, the Wolfpack couldn't meet the increased expectations. After beating then No. 1 Duke on January 12, they were never quite the same. Nevertheless, losing to No. 9 seed Temple after starting the season ranked No. 6 in the country is inexcusable.
3. New Mexico
For the second consecutive year the Lobos won the Mountain West regular-season and conference titles, only to flop in the NCAA tournament. Last year, they were beaten by Louisville in the third round, but it's going to be difficult to get over being the team that Harvard beat to get its first NCAA tourney win.
The team from Spokane, Washington is on this list because this was supposed to be the year that the Bulldogs proved that the inferior West Coast Conference wasn't indicative of how good they were. Not so. They were beaten by Wichita State, a team from the Missouri Valley Conference, not a BCS conference.
The Hoyas were beaten by Florida Gulf Coast. That's right, Florida Gulf Coast. Georgetown was a No. 2 seed and FGC was a No. 15 seed. So next year, regardless of where the Hoyas are seeded or who they'll be playing, there's more than enough reasoning to pick the opposition.