In the last two weeks we have seen more top ten upsets in college basketball than we can count. It’s become an epidemic. On Saturday we saw three of them just in the Big 12 when the Iowa State Cyclones went to Allen Fieldhouse and beat the #2 Kansas Jayhawks in overtime 92-89, the Kansas State Wildcats went to the #3 Baylor Bears and beat them 56-54 and the Oklahoma State Cowboys went to Morgantown and beat the #7 West Virginia Mountaineers 82-75. That’s three top ten teams all going down at home on one day in the same conference. What?
If that wasn’t enough, how about the Syracuse Orange knocking off the #9 Virginia Cavaliers and storming the court? Are you kidding? Syracuse fans are storming the court after beating Virginia? How many Final Fours have you been to? Wasn’t one of them just last year?
The #8 Kentucky Wildcats went down to the #24 Florida Gators 88-66, the #22 Creighton Blue Jays lost at home to the Xavier Musketeers 82-80 and the #17 Maryland Terrapins went down at home to the #23 Purdue Boilermakers 73-72.
That’s a ton of Top 25 teams losing in one day, but this has been a two-week trend. We’ve seen the Tennessee Volunteers knock off Kentucky, we’ve watched Purdue lose to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, we’ve seen the Miami Hurricanes whip the #12 North Carolina Tar Heels by 15, the Colorado Buffaloes knock off the #13 Oregon Ducks by a 74-65 score. On Jan 25 we saw three ranked teams go down to unranked teams when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets whipped the #15 Florida State Seminoles 78-56, the Georgetown Hoyas beat Creighton 71-51 and the USC Trojans beat a top ten UCLA Bruins team 84-76.
So what is in store for the rest of the season? When you can’t count on the Jayhawks winning a home game when they score over 50 points in the first half, and Kentucky loses three out of four games and got their only win in overtime at home against the Georgia Bulldogs and the Duke Blue Devils are losing with regularity, what can we count on?
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the number one team, but we’ve been fooled by them before many times in March. The Zags are often a top seed, but they have yet to make a Final Four and have been to only two Elite Eights, one in 1999 and not again until 2015.
We could see a national champion this year that nobody expects. If your team is in it, they could win it all. There are no unbeatable teams.