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Bracketology 2013: Under-the-Radar Teams to Watch out for in March Madness

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 02: Jake Cohen #15 of the Davidson Wildcats concentrates at the free throw line against the Duke Blue Devils at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 2, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 19, 2013

The 2013 March Madness tournament is nearly upon us as the calendar will attest, with the college basketball scene waiting in eager anticipation.

And while much has been said about the big-name teams who'll likely battle it out for the title, it's always the little guys who end up stealing the headlines in March. The runs that nobody saw coming; the teams that few expected to win anything other than one game—those are the stories that so often dominate March Madness and the attention of college basketball fans around the world.

Let's take a look at some of the key under-the-radar teams to watch out for in this year's tournament.

 

Indiana State

They might be lacking in some consistency, but when they're on their game, the Indiana State Sycamores have the potential to pull out some really big wins this year—as they've proven so already in 2013.

The Sycamores have wins over Ole Miss and Miami to their name this season, and would be a tough matchup for any team to get in the opening rounds.

Even without any seniors on the team.

 

Middle Tennessee

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are starting to get some serious notoriety in underdog circles heading into 2013 March Madness, and that's because they're a very solid basketball team.

They're currently cruising through the Sun Belt Conference and are getting great numbers from their players right across the board—something that isn't always easy to do when games are on the line and points need to be scored.

The Blue Raiders earned nice wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt in the SEC as well, showing that they can really be a genuine contender in this year's tournament,

 

Davidson

It seems almost wrong to have an under-the-radar team and not include the Davidson Wildcats by default, but aside from that incredible run in 2008, this 2013 team is a side that could genuinely make some noise throughout the tournament this year.

They've played a tough nonconference schedule this year, which hasn't helped them, but could still definitely be a surprise team in the first round to watch.

Especially if De'Mon Brooks gets going.

 

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