Virginia leads surprise team candidates
Every season, a few teams emerge and make noise in the NCAA tournament. Most times, these teams laid a foundation in the previous season like the Miami Hurricanes of a season ago. Others, in contrast, add a missing piece, like Oklahoma State did with freshman guard Marcus Smart.
Which teams are poised to make a breakthrough in 2013-14? For me, it looks to be Virginia, LSU, Tennessee, St. John's and Arizona State. Although each team still has question marks, I feel they all have the talent and intangibles to emerge, and I'm confident that they will do well this season.
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