Sleepers are teams that very few college hoops fans expect to win their conference, and they go out and do just that. These are teams that have been written off because they lost significant pieces from last season, the teams around them improved or a combination of the two.
Last year, we saw Missouri exceed expectations and win the Big 12 Tournament. Michigan State, unranked in ESPN.com's preseason polls, finished the regular season tied for first in the Big Ten and went on to win the Big Ten tournament.
In this article, we'll look for teams like Missouri and Michigan State from last season that are undervalued, but have key pieces that could result in a conference championship.
Only conferences with automatic bids to the NCAA tournament will be listed. For all you D-I Independent and Great West fans, I apologize.