Few things are as fun as falling in love with a sleeper team, then irrationally tying your bracket's hopes to a number of potential upsets.
I whittled down the field, factoring in style of play, location and potential matchups in order to determine the sleepers who could dance the longest.
In my opinion, finding those undervalued teams is about recognizing talented, deep, experienced squads whose results don't generate headlines and high rankings. For whatever reason, the following teams have flown beneath the scope of the national radar.
Maybe they were overshadowed in their conference by bigger teams, or maybe they dominated a smaller conference and thus will be overlooked due to a weak schedule. Maybe they bowed out of their conference tournaments early, losing a chance to build perceived and real momentum into the tournament.
None of those qualifiers are grounds for blindly choosing the higher seeds, though. All of these teams are exceptional in some regard, and with the right matchup, can snooze their way into the second weekend. It’s just about recognizing their strengths.
Here are the most likely sleeper picks heading into the 2013 NCAA tournament.