Sleepers in College Basketball

College basketball season is always a fun time, especially when March comes around.  Filling out your bracket can be very stressful and timely, so I’m here to tell you about some teams that have flown under the radar all season that could possibly make a run in a few months.

The first team that not many people know about is Northwestern. The Wildcats are currently in fourth place, posting a 16-4 record in a solid Big Ten Conference; ahead of Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Michigan.  I attended a game earlier this year when the Wildcats came to Hinkle to take on my Dawgs, the game was a nail biter, but the Dawgs ended up winning by two points in the last few seconds.  This is a strong team that loves to shoot the three and compete.

The second team is the Marquette Golden Eagles.  Marquette plays in a tough Big East conference, where every game is a battle.  So far, the Golden Eagles have posted a 5-3 record in conference play, knocking off Creighton earlier this week and top-seeded Villanova last night.  This team is full of shooters, athletes, and rebounders.  They may be a young team, but their style of play allows them to hang with anyone.

The third team is the Iowa State Cyclones.  This team usually makes the tournament every year, however, they haven’t been talked about too much this year because they have lost all of their big games.  This may be the case, but all of their losses to ranked teams are by four points or less.  This team has a winning attitude and enough talent to make a run right before the tournament, so don’t count them out!

Keep these three teams in mind when March roles around, I’m not saying that they are going to make a deep run, but they have the potential to pull off a crucial upset in your bracket.  Enjoy the last month and a half of the season!

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