March is a time of hope across college basketball. Between conference tournament bid-stealers and NCAA Tournament Cinderellas, this is the month when underdogs rule. However, the chaos we sports fans cherish comes at a price.
The dark side of March is for those teams that were expected to dominate. A potential juggernaut that waited all year to make some noise in the big dance, only to go home on the first weekend. Teams like top-seeded Illinois last year, who got bounced by a plucky Loyola Chicago squad in the Round of 32. Want more agony? Try Virginia in 2018; Tony Bennett's crew were the top overall seed heading into the tournament, and had their eyes set on Virginia's first national title. Instead, they made history for all the wrong reasons by becoming the first ever #1 seed to lose to a #16 seed in a shocking defeat to UMBC.
While an earth-shattering upset may not be in the cards this year (although it is certainly possible), this has been as unpredictable a college basketball season as any other in recent memory. With so many teams vying for a national championship, plenty of so-called 'contenders' may turn into paper tigers within a week. A bad matchup, a tough injury, or an untimely shooting slump is all that it takes to tank a season. Here are three high seeds that should be concerned about getting bounced early this March Madness.
Houston - 5 Seed, South Region
Few top-5 seeds have more questions than Houston. The Cougars have plowed through their AAC competition this year, culminating in a 71-53 rout of Memphis for the conference title. However, Kelvin Sampson's crew has had limited success elsewhere. Houston has an 0-4 record against Quadrant 1 opponents, including close losses to other top tournament teams like Wisconsin and Alabama. Even tight wins over mid-majors like Hofstra, Tulsa, and Wichita State could be seen as cause for concern, as well as the Cougars' abysmal 66