NCAA Tournament 2012: 7 Teams with Legitimate Final Four Dreams

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NCAA Tournament 2012: 7 Teams with Legitimate Final Four Dreams
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The Big Dance is a sacred college basketball tradition that has defined the sport for decades, making a usually boring month of March into one of the most anticipated times of the entire year. 

With the 68-team spread in lieu of just 64, every squad's chances at ending up in the coveted Final Four drop slightly. Programs now have an even tougher time finding that perfect team to secure a slot in the sport's biggest stage.

However, last season we once again had a Cinderella squad prove to us that no matter where a team starts out or what seed they might be, a championship run can always be in the cards.

VCU, a lowly No. 11 seed that played in the First Four round, ended up losing in the Final Four to Butler. On its way to Houston, Virginia Commonwealth took down classic powerhouses Georgetown, Purdue and even a star-studded Kansas squad to become the conversation of the entire tourney.

If that doesn't show the college basketball world that anything is possible, I don't know what will.

There will only be four squads allowed into New Orleans this postseason. With teams such as Butler and VCU always stealing away one or two of those slots, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for top programs to secure a position in the Final Four.

We will take a look at the top seven squads who actually have all the potential to make it into the sport's most acclaimed level of the Big Dance, possibly making their Final Four dreams become reality.

For your printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA tournament, click here

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