Top sleeper candidates, troubles at Duke and UNC, more mailbag

Wednesday January 15th, 2014
Jordair Jett (5) and Saint Louis have been one of the most surprising teams in the nation.
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Yes, Marquette did not expect to lose Vander Blue to the pros, and the season-ending injury to freshman point guard Duane Wilson was a tough blow. This program has won big in recent years much more because of its culture than its talent, so it is more vulnerable to personnel losses. I'll be interested to see if Buzz can resurrect this, but as of now, it looks like the team that was picked to win the Big East conference in the preseason will not even make the NCAA tournament.

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