VCU tops list of underrated teams

Updated: January 2, 2013, 12:02 PM ET
By Jay Bilas

Several teams have signaled early on that they are legitimate contenders to reach the Final Four. Whether it is Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse, Arizona or Gonzaga, there are teams that are properly valued as contenders and perhaps some that are overvalued as the same.

There are teams that are underrated, too. An underrated team isn't necessarily a Final Four team or a top-10 team, but it isn't valued by "the machine" as highly as perhaps it should be. Here are five teams that are underrated, under-the-radar, undervalued, overlooked, need some love, and have been getting "dissed," relatively speaking, along with Associated Press poll and ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI) rankings for each.

1. Virginia Commonwealth Rams

AP rank: Not ranked | BPI rank: 12

Bill Parcells once said that you are what your record says you are. VCU has lost three games, including a home game in which the Rams were limited to 51 points, but those were pretty solid losses to pretty good teams (Wichita State, Duke and Missouri). Now, if the Rams were to go through an entire season with limited wins against the top 100 and finished rated in the 70s of the RPI and recognized metrics, you and Parcells should have a problem with that. But I don't expect that to happen.