NCAA Bracket 2012: 8 Most Underrated Teams in the NCAA Tournament

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NCAA Bracket 2012:  8 Most Underrated Teams in the NCAA Tournament
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Last time the Final Four was in New Orleans, in 2003, Syracuse beat Kansas for the NCAA Championship.

With the name "Cinderella" about to be the most overused word in the country for the next few weeks, we would do well to define "underrated" before we go forward.

As it will suit our purpose in this exercise, I am going to define underrated as applying to any team that could win games two rounds beyond its seeding. 

In other words, if you're a 9-16 seed and can make the Sweet Sixteen, you're a potential "underrated team."  

For the Elite Eight, we'll adjust slightly to include No. 5 seeds or worse. 

If you're a No.4 seed or better, we won't consider you underrated, though Missouri might have an argument at being ranked eighth by the Selection and Seeding Committee.

So, with that as a guideline, let's begin with the lowest seeds that could surprise.

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