NCAA tournament: 5 potential sleeper teams

  • Kerron Johnson, Belmont Bradford Burgess, VCU Casper Ware, Long Beach State Derek Selvig, Montana Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure Getty Images/AP Photo
    NCAA Tournament Sleepers

    That didn't take long. March Madness is already in high gear after the First Four matchups in Dayton provided fans with two thrilling comebacks. Western Kentucky mounted a furious rally to edge Mississippi Valley State and BYU staged the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history in their win over Iona.

    With the tournament kicking off in earnest on Thursday, prepare for the deluge of cliches: Bracket busters, Cinderellas, sleepers - aka the low-seeded teams that shock the basketball titans and make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

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    In recent years we've seen some improbable underdogs rip off a flurry of wins: George Mason (2006 Final Four), Butler (title game in each of past two seasons) and Virginia Commonwealth (from First Four to Final Four last year).

    So who will be this year's VCU? Well, it could just be VCU since the Rams are back in the Big Dance this year.

    Click here to see which teams seeded 12 or lower could make some noise in the 2012 tournament.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for