As we continue to get closer and closer to March, we’ve all began to get a general sense of what the bracket is going to look like. Separating the contenders from the pretenders, thinking we know for sure what we are even talking about. Come on people. It’s the Big Dance, nobody knows what’s going to happen. With that said, I decided to list off some of the hottest teams that no one seems to be giving any sort of attention when in reality they certainly deserve it.
Alabama Crimson Tide (16-9) – This team is one of the most confusing teams I’ve seen in a while. Some nights they look like a top 10 team and then other nights they look like a team I’d never even consider to make the tournament. Collin Sexton has been the undoubted leader all season long and has led the Tide to some HUGE wins and that’s the reason people need to keep an eye on this squad.
Best Wins: Rhode Island, Texas A&M, Auburn, Oklahoma, Florida & Tennessee.
If Alabama gets hot entering March, look out.
Florida Gators (17-8) – Just like Bama, this team is incredibly inconsistent. Coming into the year, everyone had high expectations for this Gator squad. Even being ranked in the top 5 early in the season, Florida soon became the team nobody knew what group would show up. Lead by Chris Chiozza, Florida’s roster is stacked with talent and is certainly capable for a big another big run in the tournament and has shown flashes of what kind of team they are capable of being.
Best Wins: Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, Kentucky & Baylor
This team can compete with anyone in the country. Don’t sleep on the Gators.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-8) – NU is the Big 10’s silent assassin. Currently 10-4 in conference play, Nebraska has played beyond expectations this season and now control their own destiny heading into March. The Huskers don’t have the flashiest resume so they will definitely need to finish the season strong but they certainly put themselves in a great situation in one of college basketball’s best conferences.
Best Wins: Boston College, Minnesota, Michigan
I also have to mention they had Kansas beat until the Jayhawks hit a last-second shot to squeak by the ‘skers. These aren’t your average Cornhuskers and be ready to see more of them come March.
Tennessee Volunteers (18-6) – Being the 3rd SEC team on this list, it just goes to show how deep this conference really is. Similar to Nebraska, the Vols have been silently taking care of business in conference play. The Vols have the talent and depth for a deep run in the tournament this season.
Best Wins: Kentucky (TWICE), Purdue, Iowa State, & Texas A&M
Rocky Top is red-hot right now and I don’t see them slowing down by the time March Madness comes around.
I obviously know these aren’t the only “dangerous” teams in the country, but these are the four that I’m surprised I don’t hear more about. You can agree or you can disagree, but one thing is for sure. March needs to hurry up and get here so we can watch all of this unfold.
– Collin Borron (Founder & Owner of The Gridiron Express)