Sleeping Giants: What Big Schools Will Surprise Come Tourney Time

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Sleeping Giants: What Big Schools Will Surprise Come Tourney Time
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The word of the year is parity.

Jay Bilas loves it. Jay Williams loves it. Jay Somebody loves it. But more importantly, anyone looking for an exciting NCAA Tournament loves it.

As conference tournaments roll on, it is becoming apparent that no team is going to have an easy road to the Final Four.

Pittsburgh loses to UConn. Notre Dame loses to Louisville. Wisconsin loses to Penn St. Purdue loses to Michigan State. Ohio State struggles. North Carolina struggles.

Parity.

So as the No. 1 seeds become less and less predictable, and the bubble becomes less and less predictable, analysts will undoubtedly begin to look at mid-majors for teams that can knock off these underachieving schools.

Almost every small school seeded from six through 13 will get deemed a possible Cinderella. But what big schools have a chance to wreak havoc on our brackets?

Criteria: Have to be from a major conference and have to be projected as a seven seed or lower (Joe Lunardi's Bracketology) 

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