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Top Five: Flops this weekend in the NCAA tournament

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Craig Stouffer

Everyoneknew it was a wide-open NCAA tournament, but that's no excuse for the underwhelming performances from some teams this past weekend. These are the most disappointing efforts so far:

5. N.C. State »

Unchanged and supposedly improved from the group that nearly beat Kansas to reach the Elite Eight a year ago, the Wolfpack couldn't handle the increased expectations. They were never the same after toppling then No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12. Still, falling to No. 9 seed Temple after starting the year ranked No. 6 is a flop.

4. Kansas State » How in the world did the Wildcats win a share of the Big 12 regular-season title? Maybe that says more about the conference than the team from the Little Apple, but Kansas State had a No. 4 seed and essentially a home game against La Salle in Kansas City, Mo., and still couldn't get the job done.

3. Gonzaga » The Bulldogs are on this list because this was supposed to be the year they proved that the weak West Coast Conference wasn't indicative of how good they were. Wrong. They lost to a team from the Missouri Valley, not a BCS conference.

2. New Mexico »

For the second straight season the Lobos parlayed Mountain West regular-season and conference titles into essentially nothing. Last year, of course, they ran into Louisville in the third round, but it's going to be tough to live down being the team that gave Harvard its first NCAA victory.

1. Georgetown » The worst thing for John Thompson III about losing to Florida Gulf Coast is that no matter who the Hoyas coach draws in the tournament next year -- even if his team is a No. 1 seed -- there's pretty solid reasoning to pick against him.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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