Unranked and unappreciated

Naming three unranked teams that will be heard from this season

Updated: December 3, 2012, 12:16 PM ET
By John Gasaway | Basketball Prospectus

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Each week I'm asked by ESPN to rank the top 25 teams in the nation, which is another way of saying that each week I don't rank 322 teams. Lest you think all of those also-rans are created equal, however, I want to spotlight three unranked teams today. These are teams that are currently being overlooked, but ones that I expect to be very good this season.

(So really, today's column comprises a handy way to expand my top 25 into a top 28, as well as placating no fewer than three sets of angry "How could you not rank my team?" fans. How cool is this?)

Fun fact: VCU, Texas and Belmont combined received one vote in last week's AP poll. So yes, it's fair to call this trio under-the-radar at the moment.