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Surprises and disappointments of 2011-12

Updated: January 16, 2012, 12:09 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

The Martin Luther King holiday is always special for me. In addition to its historic significance, I get a Monday off to focus solely on basketball. It's also the first weekly bracket that really, really looks like what we could see in eight weeks after Selection Sunday.

Just about every conference has played multiple league games now. Even the biggest "homebodies" have had to hit the road a few times. And, although there are still a number of outliers in a variety of ratings systems -- see Southern Miss (InsideRPI No. 15), Wisconsin (KenPom No. 4) and UConn (Sagarin No. 28) -- we have an abundance of data and observations with which to make sense of the national landscape.

To that end, let's celebrate the mid season mini-holiday with a look at a few teams that have really shocked us with their performance -- good and bad -- this season.

Biggest surprises

Georgetown (14-3, 4-2 Big East, projected No. 3 seed): The Hoyas have lost two of their past three but still sit in a very enviable position. Wins over Memphis (twice), Alabama (away), Louisville (away) and Marquette will do that. Instead of fighting for the expected NIT berth, Georgetown is a half-game back of Cincinnati in the non-Syracuse portion of the Big East. The Hoyas figure to be favored in every game until they visit the Carrier Dome on Feb. 8, meaning we could be looking at a 19-3 team taking on a 24-0 Orange squad in one of the biggest matchups of the year.

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