March Madness is for the best 64 teams (or I guess, 68) in college basketball that season. And every year there are some major programs that endure an off year and fall short of the big dance. Here are five big-name programs that will be left out of March Madness this year.
5. Georgetown Hoyas
Georgetown managed to upset Oregon early in the season, but since then have had little to write home about. The Hoyas are in ninth place in the Big East, going 5-8 in conference play. This will be the second straight season the Hoyas are on the outside looking in at the big dance. This is set to be their longest tournament drought since the team failed to qualify four years in a row from 2001-2005.
4. Texas Longhorns
Despite their ambitious preseason ranking of 21, the Longhorns are having an awful season. After winning their first three games, Texas' struggles became apparent. The team has fallen to an appalling 10-16 record, and find themselves second to last in the Big 12. The Longhorns are 4-9 in conference play, and are ranked 153rd in the nation in RPI, according to CBS Sports. The Longhorns are 0-9 on the road this year, and have taken a major stride backwards in terms of improvement.
3. Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers had high expectations coming into the season, earning a preseason ranking of No. 11. Injuries and lack of improvement have plagued them, as they have stumbled along this year. Indiana is 15-12, and 5-9 in conference play where they sit towards the bottom of the Big Ten. They aren't completely guaranteed to miss the dance, thanks to the big wins against UNC and Kansas in the opening month of the season, however, they failed to build off of those wins and now find themselves likely to miss the tournament.
2. Connecticut Huskies
While the women's team is making history, the men's team is fading into an afterthought. The Huskies could not get anything going this season, despite their preseason ranking of No. 18. UConn has trudged their way to a disappointing 12-12 season, while going 7-5 in conference play. That record stands after the Huskies have won five of their last six, so prior to this stretch the team was 7-11, and 2-4 in conference play. Despite their recent surge, the tournament is a long shot for the Huskies, and Kevin Ollie will hope to have a healthier roster next time around.
1. Oklahoma Sooners
After Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard led the Sooners to an emphatic Final Four run, the Sooners find themselves in dead last in the Big 12. Oklahoma are 9-16 on the season, going a dreadful 3-10 in conference play. Woodard is out for the season, and the team ranks 240th in the nation in defensive efficiency. Prior to their recent win over Texas, the team had lost seven straight games. After making it the past four seasons, Oklahoma is set to miss out for the first time since 2011-12. Fortunately for the Sooners, five-star recruit Trae Young has just committed to play college ball in Norman, so perhaps this season will soon be a distant memory.