Reporting Matt Ryan
Nothing says March Madness like a school you’ve never heard of (or know very little about) beating the school you picked to cut down the nets on day one, or a mid-major making a deep run towards the Final Four. Here are five schools that could be that team in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Creighton – Its been difficult for this school in Omaha, Nebraska to stay under the radar lately, after a sweet sixteen appearance last year and the All-American play of Doug McDermott. The Blue Jays are heavy favorites to repeat as Missouri Valley Conference champions and shouldn’t sneak up on too many people when the Big Dance begins.
Louisiana Tech – They have the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games and were ranked this season for the first time since Karl Malone was a student on campus. The Bullodgs are 16-0 in WAC play and are in position for their first tournament bid since 1991.
Middle Tennessee State – With a 29-4 record, The Blue Raiders are on an impressive winning streak having not lost in 16 games. MTSU is running away with the Sun Belt Conference regular season title and could enter the tournament as an 11th or 12th seed.
Saint Louis – The late-Rick Majerus would proud of how the Billikens have played this season. Saint Louis sits atop of the Atlantic 10 in the final week of the regular season. The Billikens won back-to-back games last month against VCU and Butler in the span of four days to help cement their status as a potential fourth or fifth seed.
Valparaiso – Bryce Drew has found himself in this position before with Valparaiso. In 1998, he hit what has become one of the most famous shots in tournament history, on the Crusaders surprising run to the Sweet Sixteen. 15 years later, Drew is coaching a squad that could once again shock the world.