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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: March Madness. Seriously. Who doesn’t love this time of year? It’s always so exciting to see which teams make the NCAA Tourney and how the chips fall. Upsets are fun, too. Unless it’s your team getting upset, of course. This year, there are a handful of teams that could really screw up your bracket.

NCAA Tourney Fun

The teams going to the NCAA Tournament are starting to shape up. It’s cool to see some teams that haven’t been in March Madness for years getting the nod. For one, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies are in the tournament for the first time since 2011. The Rochester, Michigan, team beat No. 4 seeded Milwaukee earlier this week to win the Horizon League championship game and get to the big dance. It’s always so great to see the underdogs succeed.

As for other teams in the NCAA Tourney, most of the teams in the Top 25 in the national polls, if not all, are guaranteed a spot in the tournament, even if they don’t do well in their respective conference tournaments. Likewise, if a team has tanked all year but wins their respective conference tournament, then they’ll advance to March Madness. For some teams that have unfortunately had terrible seasons, this is their last hope. The Michigan Wolverines come to mind. They’ve had it rough this year, but if they win the Big Ten tournament, they’ll advance. Of course, nobody is likely to get past Purdue, so that’s another story.

We know which teams are super strong this year: Purdue, Houston and Connecticut. These guys aren’t going anywhere. But, there are some less assuming teams that could bust your bracket. So, as you’re carefully crafting your March Madness bracket this year, don’t forget about these underrated teams. Let’s get into a bunch right now.

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