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Nobody is safe in college basketball


TCU won its first ever Big 12 game last night against No. 5 Kansas

After seeing Kansas drop consecutive games to unranked teams and Florida trail by as many as 23 points in its by double-digit loss to Arkansas, I’ve officially given up on believing any team is elite.  Everyone is beatable.  Even Indiana lost at home earlier this season, the only place I thought the Hoosiers were unbeatable.  Wrong.  Miami beat No. 1 Duke by 27 points; top-ranked Louisville lost three in a row; and North Carolina and Kentucky can’t buy a spot in the polls.  It really is a down year for college basketball.

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2012-13 College Basketball Upsets: 

Feb. 6…..   TCU 62, (5) Kansas 55
Feb. 5…..   Arkansas 80, (2) Florida 69
Feb. 2…..   Oklahoma State 85, (2) Kansas 80**
Feb. 2…..   Pittsburgh 65, (8) Syracuse 55
Jan. 26…   Georgetown 53, (5) Louisville 50
Jan. 26…   Villanova 75, (3) Syracuse 71
Jan. 23…   (25) Miami 90, (1) Duke 63
Jan. 22…   Villanova 73, (5) Louisville 64
Jan. 15…   Wisconsin 64, (2) Indiana 59**
Jan. 12…   (20) NC State 84, (1) Duke 76
Jan. 10…   Oregon 70, (4) Arizona 66
Dec. 22…   Kansas State 67, (8) Florida 61
Dec. 22…   Temple 83, (3) Syracuse 79**
Dec. 15…   Butler 88, (1) Indiana 86
Dec. 1…..   Baylor 64, (8) Kentucky 55**
Nov. 29…   Notre Dame 64, (8) Kentucky 54
Nov. 25…   Cal Poly 70, (11) UCLA 68**
Nov. 20…   Butler 82, (9) North Carolina 71
Nov. 18…   Oklahoma State 76, (6) NC State 56**

**Home loss

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We knew from the beginning the 2012-13 season would be down, but did anyone expect it to be this bad?  Filling out a respectable bracket this March is going to be impossible.  You’ll win your office pool if you get any of the Final Four teams.  Correctly pick the two teams in the championship game and you’re an expert. (I’m going with Butler and whatever team I draw from a hat.)

But this is great for Kentucky fans.  In the one year Calipari’s team is underachieving, the rest of America is also underachieving.

The timing couldn’t be better.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

28 Comments for Nobody is safe in college basketball



  1. Pick'm
    12:23 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    I’m going to let my dog fill out my bracket this year.



  2. Maybe
    12:24 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    I’m going to pick by uniform color.



  3. Smitty
    12:26 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    TCU has an RPI over 200!



  4. hersheyisabear
    12:27 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Yea. Just a crappy year across the board for College BBall. The tournament is going to be crazy with a lot of upsets.



  5. Bears in da woods
    12:30 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    It’s years like this that we always expect there to be a lot of upsets and it’s when there ends up being the fewest. Pick chalk this year……



  6. jim jim
    12:30 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Hell, with the way this year is going, we have a great shot at repeating !!!!



  7. UPIKE
    12:38 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    I like the University of Pikeville’s chances.



  8. Practice
    12:40 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Would love to attend the next Kansas practice.



  9. Bradley
    12:43 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, will you be my personal bookie? If ND beating us in South Bend was an upset I’d love to wager on games with you. Not only was it not an upset, ND was actually favored by 1.5.



  10. No #1 Seeds
    12:43 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA will just leave the #1 seed bracket line blank as they will not be able to pick 4 teams except by default. Yep, I like the Cats chances to repeat.



  11. Drew Franklin
    12:45 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    9. — I used top 10 losses to unranked teams.



  12. Al's IndiCats
    12:48 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    As long as it isn’t IU, Uvel, Duke, any west coast team.



  13. Bballjoker
    12:49 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Want podcast!



  14. Raleigh
    12:50 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    OK State beating NC State was a neutral site (Puerto Rico Tipoff)



  15. Out Of Position
    12:50 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    My plan for picking each game is to ask myself, “What does Dan Dakich think?” Then, toss that out as irrelevant and go with something more reliable, like tea leaves or chicken gizzards.



  16. Irrelevant Coincidence
    12:59 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    John Wall team: 4 guys averaged 8.5+ ppg. Elite 8
    Brandon Knight team: 5 averaged 8.5+ ppg. Final 4
    Anthony Davis team: 6 averaged 8.5+ ppg. Champs
    This Season: 6 average 8.5+ ppg (and WCS is close). Just sayin’



  17. George Akers
    1:03 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    That Leem0 guy at http://kentuckybasketballforum.com gets more right than anybody I’ve seen. He uses KenPom and several others as guides and then makes his own predictions for his Locks of the Day. He’s made a lot of people a lot of money.



  18. landsharkdad
    1:10 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    #5 Kansas…whatever.



  19. Musehobo
    1:11 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t forget, we lost 9 games in the 2010-2011 season, and went to the Final Four. Gotta get hot at the right time.



  20. George Akers
    1:15 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I’d much rather get hot at the end than be hot at the beginning.



  21. Shocklee
    1:46 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Notre Dame was favored by 1 against us. I dont think that is a big upset.



  22. Shocklee
    1:47 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Actually i just repeated what 9 said.



  23. Bradley
    1:47 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    20. That’s what she said!!



  24. bung
    1:51 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Our fast break is missing in the second half lately…fix that, wear and tie, and lookout…Go Cats…



  25. Wild Blue
    1:57 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    My Final Four as of today: Stony Brook, Bethune-Cookman, Quinnipiac and Houston Baptist.



  26. Miami
    2:40 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Miami (FL) lost to Indiana State and a A-Sun team. I think it was FGCU.



  27. Home Loss
    3:37 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Syracuse lost at MSG but I guess close enough…



  28. Oregon
    7:20 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Did you notice the TCU student wearing an Oregon hoodie?