The final four weeks of the college basketball regular season are upon us, and everyone wants to know which team will elevate its play to deserve the No. 1 ranking.
While everyone in the top 10 keeps stubbing their toes, there are some dangerous teams developing in the smaller conferences that the juggernauts need to be concerned about.
How dangerous are these teams?
Dangerous enough to see another No. 15 seed down a No. 2 seed. Or, if we are lucky enough, a No. 16 seed will defeat a No. 1 seed for the first time in NCAA history.
Since the 68-team format started in 2011, two more of the lowest ranked automatic qualifiers have dropped down to start in the play-in games. This means two of the teams that would have been a No. 15 seed in the 64-team format are now playing as a No. 16 seed.
With 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville almost upsetting No. 1 seed Syracuse in 2012 and the Syracuse Orange benefiting from two questionable calls down the stretch (via Jim Halley of USA Today), a monumental upset could be in the making in just over a month.
While some of these teams might not be in line for a 16th seed, all of them will be significant underdogs in March if they make the dance. Nonetheless, they will give college basketball fans a thrill on Thursday and Friday.