The 2015 NCAA Tournament was announced yesterday on Selection Sunday and after analyzing the field we’ve found several teams that were either underseeded or overseeded.
The underseeded teams might have a tougher road than we think they should but don’t underestimate them. They make for good underdog picks in filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket.
The 6 Most Underseeded Teams
1. BYU – The Cougars have a great win at Gonzaga and all that got them was a spot in the first four. This team is dangerous in this tournament and should have something to prove with being sent to Dayton to play their way in to the tournament.
2. Texas – The Longhorns have solid victories this season including over third seed Baylor but didn’t live up to preseason expectations as they finished tied for sixth in the Big XII.
3. Iowa – Hawkeyes won at North Carolina, Ohio State and Indiana, all three tournament teams, this season. They struggled early but finished tied for third in the Big Ten. They are a legit dark horse in this tournament.
4. North Carolina – A legitimate case could be made of the Tarheels to be a two or a three seed. They don’t have a terrible loss. The late season loss to rival Duke seemed to spark better play in a run to ACC Championship game. This is a team that is poised to make a run.
5. Georgia State – The Panthers are a very talented team and have stats that show they could be dangerous in this tourney. They were Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament champs.
6. Ohio State – The Buckeyes lacked consistency all season. They’ve got talent but it often falters on offense. If you look strictly at their numbers, they could be a Final Four contender.
The 6 Most Overseeded Teams – these are teams that caught a break from the committee and might have an easier road than they deserve. Look for them to be potentially upset early on in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
1. Cincinnati – The loss of Mick Cronin has been noticeable. The team lost some games that with his leadership they’d have probably won. They finished third in the American Conference this season which wasn’t loaded with a lot of talent. The Bearcats should be one and done.
2. Louisville – The Cardinals have Rick Pitino who knows how to navigate the tournament. They got upset by Kentucky last season in the Sweet 16. Down the stretch this team struggled, only beating a short-handed Virginia team.
3. Xavier – The Musketeers finished six in the Big East which shouldn’t correspond to a six seed in the NCAA Tournament. They have some good wins but ugly losses too. They’re prime for an early upset.
4. San Diego State – The Aztecs had solid wins and were certainly deserving of a spot. However, they should have been in a play-in game after losing to Wyoming in the Mountain West Championship game.
5. Northern Iowa – Their two best wins were over seven seeds. They missed their chance at proving how good they are with a rematch against Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship game. Looking at their numbers, they probably should have been in a 7-10 or 8-9 game.
6. Georgia – The Bulldogs have a win over a tournament team but some bad losses in a weak SEC. They should have been in a first four game.
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