As March Madness approaches, many discerning basketball fans are trying to identify the sleepers: teams not among the favorites showing signs that they might make an impact in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Squads or players that are hot coming down the stretch can sometimes carry that momentum into the postseason. These teams may have spent much of the season in a funk, or they may be members of conferences that don't get much attention. But they are asserting themselves now, just in time to be players on college basketball's biggest stage.
Teams expected to be seeded among the top four or five in a region don't qualify as sleepers. Those teams have already established their capabilities.
Instead, we list 11 teams that are lurking in the background, capable of pulling an early upset or getting deeper into the tournament than expected.