If you watch college basketball, you know…you always know. Certain teams are going to be good, and love them or hate them, you’ll have to beat them. But NCAA basketball can also be a wide open field, and sometimes the most unlikely of programs can rise up to slay some giants in the sport.
Yes, you’ll watch Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils make another run at a title, and this season you’ll watch to see if John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats can pull off the miracle of the perfect season. Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans will be as tough on the boards as anyone in the nation, and Rick Pitino will coach the Louisville Cardinals to another successful season that adds to his legacy.
The truth is, the NCAA Basketball Championship has been dominated by a handful of teams over the past 20 years. Connecticut has four titles in that span, North Carolina has three, Kentucky has three, and Florida and Duke each have two.
But what about the other guys?
What about those teams who nobody is talking about, who have been quietly putting themselves together some quality teams without having a recruiting class full of blue chip players every season.
There are teams that fall into the mid-major category who can make everything click, no matter who they play, and there are teams that have languished in the cellars of the big conferences that have been building towards something great.
You never know when the next North Carolina State or Marquette is going to find a way to get it done, and here are five teams who may fly under-the-radar this season that you should keep a close eye on during the 2014-15 season.