February is here, which means we’re officially in the March Madness red zone. That means you need to know the next potential Dunk City. Or even the next potential Mercer/Lehigh/Norfolk State/Hampton. Instead of trying to catch up on 22 mid-major entries* with a Selection Sunday cram session, I’m here a month and a half ahead of time to prep you on who could bust brackets and who could potentially be worth a flyer in the futures market. By the way, I say 22 because I excluded the Atlantic 10 (although probably a one-bid league), Mountain West and West Coast.

America East

Who Should Win: Vermont

The Catamounts currently do not have star forward Anthony Lamb, but they are still steamrolling the America East. UVM has won 27 straight league games. TWENTY SEVEN. They have also won 11 straight by double digits. The Catamounts can shoot, rebound, and they defend in man-to-man without fouling. Plus, they have a bunch of returning experienced players who went to the Dance last year. Vermont is DANGEROUS.

What can they do in March: Win games.

Vermont will most likely get a 13 seed. And if they get a 4 seed like Clemson or even an inexperienced Kentucky team, watch out. Even without Lamb, this is a well coached, experienced team. Bottom line, this team has upset potential no matter where they end up in the bracket.


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