It is NCAA Tournament time, and the world needs to start preparing itself to be shocked.
Every year, at least one team goes on an incredible run and ruins brackets across the country. In 2012, No. 13 Ohio reached the Sweet 16, and the season before that, No. 11 VCU reached the Final Four while No. 8 Butler was a last-second shot away from winning it all.
There will be more upsets this year, and a few teams will go on surprising runs.
Here are the sleepers most likely to win multiple games in the 2013 Tournament.
Of all the sleepers in this year’s tournament, Saint Louis has done the poorest job staying under the radar.
Jim Crews has done an incredible job since taking over for the late Rick Majerus, and the Billikens are a disciplined team that plays on both ends of the floor and rarely makes mistakes.
Saint Louis has no star player, but the team’s ball movement is fantastic, and it does an incredible job of creating and exploiting mismatches. On defense, all five guys play together and make life difficult for their opponents.
The team’s success has put it on the national radar, and it is No. 22 in the RPI rankings. Saint Louis has all the necessary components to be the next Atlantic 10 team to reach the Final Four.
The Rams are coming off of a disappointing loss to UNLV in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, but there are still plenty of reasons to like this team.
Center Colton Iverson had an incredible 24-point, 16-rebound performance in the defeat, which will give the senior confidence heading into the Big Dance.
The rest of the team will have a chip on its shoulder, which may lead to these players hustling even harder than they did during the regular season. The Rams are a fantastic rebounding team, and if they continue to concentrate their effort on the glass, they will be tough to beat.
This team has the talent to cruise into the Sweet 16 and possibly go even further.
Senior leadership is a massive advantage in March, and the Bruins have two experienced guards ready to lead the team to multiple wins.
Kerron Johnson provides the athleticism in the Belmont backcourt, and he is a nightmare for opposing defenders. His incredible quickness will cause a few opposing players to look foolish in the tournament.
But Ian Clark is the team’s leading scorer and is an extraordinarily efficient player. He is averaging 18.1 points per game this season while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from behind the three-point line.
These two seniors complement each other extremely well and will not get rattled. Watch for Belmont to pull off multiple upsets in the Big Dance.