Three teams on upset alert come tourney time


The 2014 NCAA Tournament is only about two weeks away. Selection Sunday is even closer. Looking at some of the teams who have played well all year and are considered to be some of the top teams in the country, a few of these teams may be looking at a possible early elimination from the tournament. I have picked three teams that I think will go into the tournament and face a possible upset early.


  1. Creighton Bluejays, 23-6 (13-4)-This Creighton team is playing in it’s first year in the Big East Conference and have for the most part played well. The Bluejays were originally predicted to come in third place overall in the conference, but they were at one time leading the Big East and are now in second place. They still have a shot at winning the conference regular season title if Villanova losses their remaining two games. The highlight thus far in their first Big East season is beating Villanova both times by over 20 points. They have played impressively in their inaugural season in the Big East, but they are on upset alert when it comes tourney time for the way they have played down the stretch in the last few games. The Bluejays have lost two straight, both on the road, but they showed that they may not be everything we thought they were. Doug McDermott carries the team, averaging over 25 points a game, but who else can score for them when McDermott is shut down?


2. St. Louis Billikens, 25-4 (12-2)-The St. Louis Billikens, out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, have made the NCAA Tournament the last three consecutive years and have dominated the Atlantic 10. The Billikens were a perfect 12-0 in conference play and on a 19-game win streak until a 71-64 loss at home to Duquesne. St. Louis’s Jordair Jett leads the team in points per game with 13.9 and also assists with 4.8. He has been a big part in many of the Billikens wins this season. St. Louis, out of the Atlantic 10, does not get as much respect, but their conference is becoming more and more of a threat. Despite not having one key out of conference victory, they have played both Wisconsin and Wichita State, losing by six to the Badgers and five to the Shockers. Many critics believe the Billikens are overrated and will not be able to respond to a tough third round or even second round opponent in the tournament. Projected right now to get a four seed, St. Louis will need to prove that they deserve this or an even higher seed in their final two games of the season and in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.


3. Wichita State, 31-0 (18-0)-Yes, the Shockers are listed as a team at risk of a possible upset. Despite making a run all the way to the Final Four a season ago, many people still have not bought onto this team. As a nine seed, they knocked off Gonzaga in the third round of the NCAA tournament last season, and then La Salle, Ohio State,  and lost to eventual National Champion Louisville. They have rebounded this year with a perfect 31-0 regular season and are in the conversation for a possible number one seed. The level of competition, however, is another question mark to this Wichita State team. It is one thing to go undefeated, but when you play in a conference like the MVC, the level of competition is very low compared to some of the other conferences. The one impressive win on Wichita State’s resume came from a 70-65 win on the road at St. Louis. If they do indeed receive one of the four number one seeds from the tournament committee, they will be the ones to watch as a possible early upset.