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Patriots, Aggies primed for tourney run

John Gasaway breaks down four mid-majors ready to take March by storm

Updated: March 1, 2011, 1:26 PM ET
By John Gasaway | Basketball Prospectus
LongRafael Suanes/US PresswireCam Long and the Patriots could re-enact Mason's miracle run on its fifth anniversary.

It meant navigating our way through coaching suspensions, reports on infractions and even a male cheerleader drawing a technical foul, but March is finally here. In just 14 days, the NCAA tournament will tip off and college basketball will have the full and undivided attention of all your office mates.

Today, I want to give you a leg up on your colleagues. Just because a team doesn't get a lot of attention or coverage doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. And while picking dark horses more than a week before Selection Sunday is hazardous (injuries can happen, pairings can be cruel, etc.), that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'll assume you already know about obscure nationally ranked teams like Brigham Young and San Diego State, perennial Sweet 16 entrant Xavier and even a somewhat well-known program out of Spokane, Wash. But who else is out there?

Here are four mid-majors I strongly suggest you keep your eye on: