4 College Basketball Sleepers for the Final Four
These four teams, in my mind, have the capability to make a serious run into march.
These teams have all gotten off to hot starts and have snuck their way into the Top 25 polls.
As March is just around the corner, take into consideration these teams as possible sleepers when you fill out your brackets.
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The Rebels are off to their best start since the 1992-93 season, The Runnin' Rebels are 15-2 and have knocked off previously No.1-ranked North Carolina this season.
UNLV won two games last week, routing Central Arkansas 124-75 at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday night and outlasting Hawaii 74-69 in Honolulu on New Year's Eve.
UNLV has out-grown the mid-major title and have been a tournament regular the past few seasons.
Chace Stanback is a stud and has averaged 22 points a game in the past week.
Stanback made eight three-pointers in a recent win against Louisiana-Monroe and topped that by making nine three-pointers against Central Arkansas on Dec. 28. He scored a career-best 29 points in both games
Remember the Jerry Tarkanian era when UNLV scored points at will and seemingly scored 100 points all the time?
The Rebels brought back memories of that high-scoring era with the 124 points against Central Arkansas and showed how explosive of an offense they have.
UNLV is a multi-dimensional team that can beat you by out-scoring you or shutting you down on defense.
3. Murray State
That was No.13 Murray State knocking off No.4 Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season
The Racers return their starting five and are serious contenders. However, a better question may be whether Murray State go undefeated in the regular season. Murray State just defeated Memphis in their biggest test of the season so far.
Here are the opponents Murray State will face from now until the end of January.
Arkansas St. (Home)
Tennessee Martin (Home)
Eastern Illinois (Away)
Eastern Kentucky (Home)
Austin Peay (Away)
Jacksonville St. (Home)
Tennessee Tech (Home)
Morehead St. (Away)
SIU Edwardsville (Away)
Eastern Illinois (Home)
The Racers (14-0) won a tournament game last year. Murray State reminds me of Memphis during the Calipari era and could make some serious noise in the tournament.
2. Mississippi State
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The Bulldogs are 13-2 and are one of the more unknown teams in the Top 25. They escaped Utah State with a 66-64 win and open SEC play on the road at Arkansas Saturday.
On Tuesday, Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost was named a finalist for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Renardo Sidney (pictured above) is an absolute monster in the paint and can rebound with any big man in the country.
The Bulldogs have the attitude, pizzaz and guts to make a deep run into March this season.
Who? Thats right, Creighton. The Blue Jays (12-2) have experience and are poised to make their first NCAA berth since 2007.
Creighton lost last year's seniors Kaleb Korver (27 minutes per game), Kenny Lawson Jr. (19 MPG), Darryl Ashford (19 MPG), Wayne Runnels (11 MPG) and Casey Harriman (two MPG).
Creighton played to a final overall record of 15-11 last season and placed fourth in the Missouri Valley regular season with a conference record of 10-8. The Bluejays lost to Missouri State 60-50 in the Missouri Valley tournament.
This year, the Jays have the talent to make a run in the tournament. They could be the VCU of this season.
Even if they don't win their conference tournament, they should be a lock for an at-large berth.
The Jays were ranked as high as No. 21 this season and are my super sleeper team to go deep into March.