Blue-blood programs in trouble

Could North Carolina, Connecticut and Indiana all miss the NCAA tournament?

Updated: January 9, 2014, 11:22 AM ET
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider

Together, they have won 13 national championships and participated in 30 Final Fours. They are among the most elite programs in the sport. They are expected not only to reach the NCAA tournament every season, but also to win round after round after round.

They are Indiana, North Carolina and Connecticut, and they are a combined 0-6 in conference play in 2014.

So what? History suggests less than one team in three will overcome such a start and hear its name called on Selection Sunday. If history repeats itself, which of these three will make it? Will any others buck the trend?

Let's take a look ...


North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels lost to Miami Wednesday night for the fourth consecutive time, but this one came at home and these Hurricanes bear little resemblance to the No. 2 seed we saw in 2013. It was Carolina's third home loss overall, joining earlier head-scratchers against Belmont and Texas. Worse, UNC has failed to hold serve in back-to-back ACC contests in which it was a comfortable favorite.


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