Although there has not been one single game played in the 2012-13 college basketball season, there is a good chance that these five surprise teams could make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
Yes, anything could happen, and the tournament field is as far away as it possibly could be in being decided, but let's look at what these five teams have going for them.
Read on to see five surprise teams that could make some noise in the Big Dance.
The Colorado State Rams just squeaked into the NCAA tournament field last season, but unfortunately were matched up against a team that only lost two games all season long. That is, of course, Murray State.
Luckily for Ram Nation, just about the entire team from last season will be back. Many people may be talking about UNLV and San Diego State being the only two competing teams in the MWC, but the Rams certainly have something to say about that.
Keep in mind that CSU did beat UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico last season. This team is equipped with leadership and talent, and it will surprise a lot of people come March.
The Tennessee Volunteers did not have the best season in the world last year, but they did start winning some games down the stretch, including two big victories over the Florida Gators and Vanderbilt Commodores. Not to mention, Tennessee earned the No. 2 seed in the SEC tournament.
Four starters from last year's team will be back, and the Volunteers will have a serious shot at not only competing in the SEC, but the dance as well.
The Drexel Dragons barely missed the tournament last season, but just about every player on last season's team will be back this year.
Simply put, watch out for the Dragons in 2012.
Frantz Massenat will lead the charge, just as he led the team last year, with 13.7 points per game. However, with so many Drexel players scoring in double figures, just about anyone on this team is capable of stepping up with a big game.
This is kind of sounding like a broken record, considering that VCU went deep into the tournament just two years ago and just barely got beat by the Indiana Hoosiers (63-61) in the Big Dance last year. That game would have put the Rams into the Sweet 16.
Thankfully, Shaka Smart and the stingy D Rams will return many players from last year's team, which means VCU could very easily make another run.
As long as Smart is coaching on the sidelines, the Rams will be here to stay.
In case you have forgotten, the Ohio Bobcats managed to make it to the Sweet 16 last season.
It is really a blessing that the Bobcats will have D.J. Cooper back and, not to mention, all 10 rotation players from last year's team.
There is no reason why Ohio won't do more damage in the tournament in the upcoming season. This is the one team that the college basketball world should really get to know because they will be hearing Ohio's name all season long.
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