The Five Most Disappointing College Basketball Teams So Far in the 2010-2011 Season

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The Five Most Disappointing College Basketball Teams So Far in the 2010-2011 Season

We’ve now had a month or more of conference action to evaluate teams. Some early favorites to contend for a high tournament seed have turned into duds. Let’s take a look at the most disappointing teams of 2011 so far. All of these teams have had recent tournament success and were generally ranked heading into the season.

5. Butler Bulldogs (14-8)- After Butler’s magical season in 2010 that ended within a shot of the national championship, many were expecting the Bulldogs to continue to dominate the Horizon League and be a Top 25 team. Sure, Gordon Heyward was gone, but Matt Howard, Shelvin Mack, and Ronald Nored were returning. I don’t think anyone was expecting a return to the title game, but they were expecting a better team than what Butler has shown. The Bulldogs’ only loss after December last year was the national championship game. This week, they lost two overtime games, and are now 6-4 in the Horizon League. Butler will need to win the conference tournament to get back in the field now.

4. Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-8)- Gonzaga has been the closest thing to mid-major royalty over the last decade, and were ranked in the top 20 in most pre-season polls. I talked about Gonzaga last week, and then they lost at home to St. Mary’s in a game they needed to boost their tournament resume’. Like Butler, the other Bulldogs also likely will need to win the conference tournament now to get back in the NCAA field.

3. Baylor Bears (14-6)- After making a run to the Elite 8 last year as a #3 seed, everyone was expecting the Bears to continue to be a force with incoming freshman star Perry Jones joining Lacedarius Dunn and Quincy Acy. The Bears were in many top 10 lists before the season. Ekpe Udoh was a big loss defensively as an intimidator in the Bears’ zone, and Tweety Carter’s absence at point guard has left the team needing a distributor. Baylor’s record doesn’t look bad, but the best win they can claim right now was the victory over Colorado at home this Saturday. The schedule is tough down the stretch (two games against both Texas and Texas A&M and a game at Missouri) and Baylor will need to add some quality wins from that group to get into the tournament field.

2. Michigan State Spartans (13-8)- With six key players returning from teams that appeared in consecutive Final Fours, the Spartans were in everyone’s top 5 at the start of the year. Chris Allen was dismissed from the team and is transferring to Iowa State, and now Korie Lucious has been suspended. Michigan State has really struggled since the start of 2011, and it could be much worse. They barely beat Indiana at home yesterday after losing to Michigan, and the last three wins have all come in overtime. The schedule provides opportunities for them to get in the tournament, but if they play like they have in recent weeks, they will not make it. Quite a fall for a team that was a national championship favorite in November.

1. Kansas State Wildcats (14-8)- Another Elite 8 team from 2010, the Wildcats were a popular top 5 pick and the preseason Big XII pick to win the title. The only loss was point guard Denis Clemente, until Dominique Sutton announced he was transferring in July. Still, the team had Jacob Pullen, Jamar Samuels, Wally Judge, and Curtis Kelly returning. Kelly was in the doghouse early, and then he and Pullen were suspended in December for improper benefits. Kansas State started the year 9-1, but have been playing progressively worse since then, turning the ball over too frequently while also managing to not shoot the ball very well. The second best win since early December is over Texas Tech at home. They just got completely destroyed by Kansas. With Nebraska, Iowa State, and Colorado all improved to at least respectable status, Kansas State could finish near the bottom of the Big XII North. Earlier this month, Jacob Pullen said he wouldn’t play in the NIT. If they continue to play like this, the feeling will be mutual.

by Jason Lisk


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most dissapointing

Im most dissapointed in baylor I figured Kstate just had a good tournament last year because of good draws but wouldnt fair well with there best scorer playing point gaurd. As far as michigan state goes they always seem to have a so-so season and great post season. Baylor on the other hand was returning Dunn and ading Jones to go along with Acy. If you see this teem play you cant help but think they have alot of nba caliber players but then they play and its like they dont know its a game until the second half. There two unfocused. This is one of most athletic teams in the nation but they dont use to there advantage. Also Perry Jones defers to much I think if he stays another year he could have a blake Griffin type impact but its highly unlikely he stays.

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I am most dissapointed in K

I am most dissapointed in K State, moreso Pullen though because I really thought he would be performing at a First Team All American Level, and Michigan State was number two at the beginning of the year, what happened? I mean I know theres the argument that they are always better come tournament time and Izzo is the best coach in March but have they really shown any signs of improvment? I really hope they can get it together and make a deep run in the tournament.

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Kstate has just been

Kstate has just been disapointing...Frank Martin scares me

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frank martin scares me

frank martin scares me tooo...

that guy is crazy

for me its state and KSU tied for my most dissapointed

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Illinois and Florida have

Illinois and Florida have disappointed me too.

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Michigan State has to be the

Michigan State has to be the most dissapointing they were the pre season number 2 team and some people believed that they were the best team in the country.

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north carolina

north carolina

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Tennessee

Tennessee

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All things considered, UNC

All things considered, UNC has been quite good. Anyone who thought that was a top 5 team was crazy anyway.

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Tennessee is the most bipolar

Tennessee is the most bipolar team in America.

How do you beat Pitt and Villanova but lose to Oakland, Charlotte, and the College of Charleston...

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K-State

K-State -Butler-Gonzaga-Baylor..All lost creative play makers..Even though Bouldin,Clemente,Tweety Carter werent nba caliber players...They were seasoned college point guards, that were coaches on the floor...They knew when and where to get their teammates the ball...And Hayward was the Glue and the Heart & Soul of that Butler team..His rebounding,passing and play making skills are hard to replace...

Michigan State has to be the most disappointing team..

1.They have a solid point guard

2.A great coach

3.Depth

4.Experience...

But the team hasnt gotten consistent play from their post players.....And It seems they're playing too much 1 on 1...Everyone is trying to showcase themselves for the NBA..Instead of playing as a team....

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^^^agreed

^^^agreed

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Althought you can still win

Althought you can still win by losing a coach on the floor liek duke has after losing scheyer or pittsburg who loses someone good every year

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