NCAA March Madness: Three Teams That Will Surprise You Come Tourney Time

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NCAA March Madness: Three Teams That Will Surprise You Come Tourney Time
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VCU coach Shaka Smart signs autographs during a Final Four practice.

Every year, Cinderella teams surprise us. Just last year, eighth-seeded Butler and 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth shocked us all and advanced to the Final Four.

This year, tiny schools have picked up bids to the biggest basketball event on Earth: the NCAA Tournament. Detroit, UNC-Asheville, Murray State, Lehigh, Montana, Davidson, LIU-Brooklyn, Crieghton, Harvard, Loyala (MD), VCU (again), South Dakota State, Western Kentucky, St. Mary's, and Belmont have all locked up bids to the tourney.

All of those schools, and the 60 others that make the tourney, have one goal: to win the championship. Six games stand in each school's way, and while many have won six in a row over the course of the season, only one will win their last six games.

And then, there will be the sleepers.

Bubble teams (VCU, for example), teams that only made the tournament because of their auto bid, or lower-seeded teams could make a big splash. The No. 1 seed may miss out on the Sweet 16. A 12 or 13 seed might crack the Elite 8.

Sometimes, you may know what's coming. In March Madness, you truly never know.

Here are three teams that may surprise you in March. 

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