March Madness 2013: Sleepers Likely to Go Deep in NCAA Tournament

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2013

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22:  Jared Berggren #40 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with teammate Josh Gasser #21 after scoring against the Syracuse Orange during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The NCAA tournament is known as March Madness. After this bizarre season full of upsets, this year's bracket might go beyond our imagination.

Every week, it seems like a Top-Five team is losing to an unranked opponent. This should cause anyone making a bracket this year to avoid picking favorites throughout the tournament.

In addition, it should allow some teams to make surprising runs to the Final Four. 

These squads have already put together good seasons, but they have a chance to make it even better in March.


Although Wisconsin has been in and out of the Top 25 this season, the team's recent success has shown that this is one of the top squads in the country.

The Badgers not only have great home wins over Michigan and Ohio State, but the road victory over Indiana proves that they can do damage in a tough environment.

In addition, this is one of the top defensive teams in the country, rated No. 2 by KenPom in defensive efficiency. The Badgers are simply well-coached and always seem to be in the right position.

Despite their success, however, some bad losses will keep this team around the fourth or fifth seed in the NCAA tournament.

If that happens, the top seeds will be in trouble, because Wisconsin can beat any team in the nation.

Saint Louis

Saint Louis is probably the best team you are not watching at this point in the year.

With wins over New Mexico, VCU and a season sweep over Butler, the Billikens have been impressive all year. In addition, they have won 10 games in a row and are peaking at the right time.

This is a very veteran team, with the top eight scorers being either juniors or seniors.

The squad won a game in the tournament a year ago and pushed No. 1 seed Michigan State to the brink of an upset before losing by four points.

This team's experience will help them stay confident in the tough games ahead and it will help them make a run in the tournament.


While Virginia turned a lot of heads by defeating Duke, this squad has been solid for the last couple of months.

Coach Tony Bennett loves to slow down the pace of games, which hurts statistics but works perfectly for his roster. His team plays great defense and it makes every possession important. 

In addition, the Cavaliers shoot over 40 percent from three-point range and will be able to beat any team if they get hot from deep.

Joe Harris has especially shown that he is capable of leading the team when needed.

Although the early-season losses to Old Dominion, Delaware and George Mason hurt their overall profile, their spectacular performance in the ACC will allow this team to go dancing in March.

Once in the bracket, Virginia will be a tough team to beat. 

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