NCAA Tournament Cinderella Watch 2012: Top 5 Candidates to Play Unsung Hero

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NCAA Tournament Cinderella Watch 2012: Top 5 Candidates to Play Unsung Hero
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Welcome to the stretch run of the college basketball season, ladies and gentlemen.

It's a marvelous time of year where we are all witnesses to some of the best basketball of the entire year.  

One thing that every college basketball fan looks forward to this time of year is playing the brackets: deciding who will be the champion, who will be upset early and who will surprise everyone and make it further than most other teams.

In the past few years, we've seen Davidson, VCU, George Mason and Butler (twice) surprise everyone by making it to the Elite Eight and even the National Championship Game.  

With that being said, it's about that time to determine who could be the upset-minded teams when it comes time to play towards the big game.

In order to figure out who could be the Cinderellas, we need to see who they would be playing in order to determine if they could, in fact, upset that team.

For the sake of this article, we are going to use one of the latest bracket projections brought to us by Joe Lunardi of ESPN, one of the most well-respected bracketologists in the country. 

According to Lunardi, the top four seeds are as follows:

1 Seeds: Syracuse, Kentucky, Ohio St. and Missouri.

2 Seeds: Michigan St, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina.

3 Seeds: Florida, Baylor, Georgetown and UNLV.

4 Seeds: Michigan, Indiana, Marquette and Michigan.

With this information, we will determine the teams that could occupy the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th seeds. Play-in games were not taken into account when determining this list.

Now that the rules are in order, let's take a look at some of the teams that could not only (possibly) sneak their way into the tournament, but also pick up a win or two while they are there. 

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