There's, perhaps, no greater forum to watch sleepers shine in all of sports than college basketball's annual NCAA March Madness Tournament.
Through a mixture of both returning talent and top-caliber incoming recruiting classes, here's a look at five college basketball sleepers that could bust some brackets with a run to the 2020 Final Four in Atlanta.
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1. Oregon Ducks
Oregon's Odds to Make Final Four: (+600)
Oregon's Odds to Win National Championship: (+3500)
Despite getting off to a slow start last season, Oregon was absolutely rolling down the stretch of last season when it mattered most. The Ducks won the 2019 Pac-12 Conference Tournament before it took the eventual national-champion Virginia Cavaliers to cut their 10-game winning streak short and end their season in the 2019 Sweet 16. Oregon brought in the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation this offseason, according to 247Sports.com, and the Ducks are returning their leading scorer from last season in Payton Pritchard.
2. Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquette's Odds to Make Final Four: (+1200)
Marquette's Odds to Win National Championship: (+6000)
Just like it has in each of the past two seasons, much of Marquette's 2019-20 campaign will likely be dictated by the success of returning senior guard Markus Howard. Averaging 25.0 points per game (PPG), Howard finished as the nation's sixth-leading scorer last season. Howard also led the Golden Eagles to a 24-9 record and a No. 5 seed in the 2019 March Madness Tournament before their run was cut short by the future No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in Ja Morant and Murray State. As an experienced and elite scoring guard, Howard could be the star necessary to lead this year's Marquette team into the Final Four. Beyond Howard, the Golden Eagles are returning everyone but two seniors from last season's roster, losing only a combined 23 points between them.
3. NC State Wolfpack
NC State's Odds to Make Final Four: (+4000)
NC State's Odds to Win National Championship: (+11000)
Despite missing the 2019 Preseason AP Top-25 Poll, NC State weighs in at No. 28 in KenPom's 2020 College Basketball Ratings to open the year. The Wolfpack are returning seven players from last year's squad, including six of their seven leading scorers, which is the most returning talent head coach Kevin Keatts has seen in his time with NC State. While last year's squad missed the March Madness Tournament by a hair, the Wolfpack also got off an to incredible 13-1 start to last season.
4. Arizona Wildcats
Arizona's Odds to Make Final Four: (+1000)
Arizona's Odds to Win National Championship: (+3300)
Arizona is in a similar boat as Oregon heading into the 2019-20 season. The Wildcats are returning two of their top-3 scoring weapons from last season, while having also brought in the nation's No. 6 recruiting class to Tucson this offseason. Between incoming star guard duo Nico Mannion (PG) and Josh Green (SG), Arizona currently boasts two projected first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft as well.
5. Washington Huskies
Washington's Odds to Make Final Four: (+1000)
Washington's Odds to Win National Championship: (+5000)
Despite failing to make quite the same NCAA Tournament noise as its Pac-12 counterparts like Arizona and Oregon, Washington is bringing yet another impressive haul of talent to Seattle for the 2019 season. Headlined by two projected first-round picks in freshman forward duo Jaden McDaniels (SF) and Isaiah Stewart (PF), this could finally be the year the Huskies make that jump to playing in April come 2020.
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