Top Ten Most Disappointing Men’s College Basketball Teams of the 2023-24 Season

This list includes the men's college basketball teams that have underperformed the most this season, compared to preseason expectations.
The Top Ten
1 USC Trojans Officially known as the USC Trojans, this collegiate athletic program represents the University of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, the program has garnered numerous national championships across multiple sports, including football and basketball. The team colors are cardinal and gold.

USC had high hopes entering the season. They had landed 5-star recruit Isaiah Collier, Bronny James, and others, which gave them the 3rd ranked recruiting class in the country. Most news outlets ranked them within the top 25 in the preseason, some even going as far to label them as certain PAC-12 contenders.

However, since then, the bottom has fallen out for the Trojans. To this point in the season, it has been a constant road of pitfalls, poor play, and injuries, with them currently sitting at a meager 10-16 with a 4-11 record in conference play. Isaiah Collier, their only bright spot, was lost to injury in January, seemingly cementing the Trojans' season as a total failure.

2 Arkansas Razorbacks The Arkansas Razorbacks football program represents the University of Arkansas, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the sport of American football. The Razorbacks compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference... read more

After a run to the Sweet 16 and a loss to the future champion, Arkansas appeared to be in a good position to make another run this season. They did, however, lose most of their roster, with many of their key players during the tournament run choosing to make the transition to the NBA. This meant Arkansas would have to rely on transfers and players who had been injured the season prior.

The result has not been pretty thus far, with a record of 12-13 and an abysmal 3-9 in an SEC which is significantly weaker than it was last season. It is a disappointing result for sure, as they were initially picked as 14th in the country in the preseason AP poll.

3 Gonzaga Bulldogs The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the intercollegiate athletic teams representing Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington, United States.

One of the most consistent teams in college basketball, Gonzaga looked to continue their "top of the league" tradition, being placed by many analysts inside their preseason top ten. Even with several key contributors returning, this season has not gone as well as they had hoped. While only losing 6 games to this point, uncharacteristic losses to Santa Clara and Washington led to Gonzaga dropping out of the top 25 for the first time in several years.

While 20-6 is not a bad record for most teams, Gonzaga currently sitting in 3rd in the WCC is enough to show that Gonzaga is not on the same level as they have been in the past few years.

4 Miami Hurricanes The Miami Hurricanes are the varsity sports teams of the University of Miami, located in the Coral Gables suburb of Miami, Florida.

After two consecutive deep runs into the tournament for Miami, resulting in a Final Four and two Elite Eight appearances, it was expected that Larrañaga and Miami would continue to find success in the ACC. Ranked 13th coming into the season by the AP and returning three of the five starters from the Final Four run, Miami has fallen flat this season. They have not even come close to reaching the expectations set for them.

With a 15-11 record overall and a 6-9 record in conference so far, this season is a far cry from the one they had a year ago and a long shot from what people predicted at the beginning of the season.

5 Michigan Wolverines The Michigan Wolverines comprise 27 varsity sports teams at the University of Michigan. These teams compete in the NCAA's Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except women's water polo, which competes in the NCAA inter-divisional Collegiate Water Polo Association.

Was Michigan supposed to be a superpower this season? No. On the other hand, the performance by Michigan this season has been so pitiful that they have fallen to the bottom of the Big Ten standings, below known bad programs such as Penn State and Ohio State. Fielding a record of 8-18 to this point in the season, with a depressing 3-12 conference record, it is sad to see how far Michigan has fallen since the departure of John Beilein and their championship appearances of the 2010s.

In short, Juwan Howard and Michigan's basketball program are in shambles and in desperate need of a change-up.

6 Texas Longhorns Texas Longhorns athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of the University of Texas at Austin.

After a very impressive season last year, capped off with an Elite Eight appearance, things were looking up prior to this season for the Longhorns. They returned most of their key rotation players and were initially ranked 14th heading into the season. To this point, Texas has not come close to reaching expectations.

While the Big 12 conference is stacked, Texas has underperformed against both the top and bottom of the conference, putting up a measly 5-7 conference record. It is certainly a long way to fall from last season, and Rodney Terry may be on the hot seat after this one.

7 Missouri Tigers The Missouri Tigers athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of the University of Missouri, located in Columbia, Missouri, United States.

After a very impressive year last season, it was expected that Missouri's second season under Dennis Gates would be similar. The consensus among fans and the media was that they would finish highly in the SEC and make the tournament once again. However, Missouri hit a brick wall this season in SEC conference play.

Through 12 games so far, they are 0-12, even losing to perennial disappointments Vanderbilt. Currently at a record of 8-17, things have gone about as badly for Missouri as possible, making it a season Missouri fans will surely want to forget.

8 Michigan State Spartans Michigan State University is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. It is widely known for its men's basketball program, which has won two national championships.

Coming into the season, it was agreed upon almost across the board that this was the best Michigan State team in a long time. Several top-five placements in preseason rankings backed up these claims. They returned a roster of star players who had made the Sweet Sixteen the year prior.

However, after an embarrassing 4-5 start to the season, it was clear things were not as good as they seemed. Although they have picked it up as of late, the Spartans have not even come close to the expectations set for them in the preseason.

9 Villanova Wildcats

Villanova underperformed greatly last season under the leadership of first-year coach Kyle Neptune. Injuries were the main culprit. Therefore, this season, it was widely expected that Villanova would return to form and once again sit near the top of the Big East.

However, this has not been the case. Villanova has continued to be just okay, not bad, but not great either. It is a far cry from their form during Jay Wright's tenure, and it is disappointing to witness a great program like Villanova being just okay.

10 UCLA Bruins
The Contenders
11 Nebraska Cornhuskers The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represents the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Among the 128 Division I-FBS teams, Nebraska is one of ten football programs to win 800 or more games.
12 DePaul Blue Demons

You may ask, how can you be disappointing if there were never any expectations set in the first place? The answer is: Perform so unbelievably bad that it is actually impressive. This is the case of DePaul basketball. They were picked to finish last in the Big East, yes, but as of right now, they hold a record of 3-22, boasting an 0-14 conference record thus far.

So far this season, they have lost to opponents Northern Illinois, IPFW, and Long Beach State. DePaul's only three wins have come against Chicago State, South Dakota, and the even more depressing Louisville. Very quietly, DePaul is putting together one of the worst P6 seasons in recent memory, and with the way things are going, maybe it would be better if they just discontinued the program.

13 Kansas State Wildcats Hailing from Manhattan, Kansas, the Kansas State Wildcats are part of the Big 12 Conference. Established in 1896, they have a strong football tradition and have also done well in basketball. The team's colors are royal purple and white.
14 Indiana Hoosiers Hailing from Muncie, Indiana, the Ball State Cardinals are the athletic teams of Ball State University. They compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and offer a variety of sports, including men's basketball and women's volleyball. The team's colors are cardinal and white, and their mascot is named... read more

You know it's bad when they've been a mid-tier, bottom-feeder in the Big Ten. They're basically on par with Rutgers.

To add further insult to injury, their in-state neighbors, Indiana State, have actually had a much better season. They are more relevant in the Top 25 than Indiana has been. This is so sad it's actually hilarious.

15 Duke Blue Devils Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established the Duke... read more
16 UConn Huskies The athletic program for the University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is located in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies compete in the Big East Conference and are especially known for their dominant women's basketball program. Their colors are navy blue and white.
17 Creighton Blue Jays
18 Purdue Boilermakers The Purdue Boilermakers represent Purdue University, which is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. They compete in the Big Ten Conference and are known for their strong men's basketball program. Their colors are black and gold, and their mascot is named Boiler Pete.
19 Iowa State Cyclones Representing Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, the Cyclones compete in the Big 12 Conference. Known for their wrestling and basketball programs, they also have a presence in football. Their team colors are cardinal and gold.
20 Ohio State Buckeyes The Ohio State Buckeyes are the athletic teams that represent The Ohio State University, named after the colloquial term for people from the state of Ohio and after the state tree, the Ohio Buckeye.
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