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Seven surprise teams in 2012

There have been a number of teams in the early going that have exceeded expectations. Granted, they have not necessarily played a rough schedule, but many have been projected to land in the lower echelon of their respective leagues.

Starting off well gives them a boost in confidence. They have not received much ink, so the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) has come up with a super seven unsung teams to keep an eye on after getting out of the gate well. Time will tell if they can keep the momentum going.

Records entering December 4th.

Virginia Tech Hokies (7-0)
James Johnson came back to become Hokies head coach and the team has responded. It helps to have Erick Green, who is averaging around 25 ppg. Virginia Tech scored a big victory over Oklahoma State and also knocked off Iowa.

Illinois Fighting Illini (8-0)
John Groce's team has had some close calls (Hawaii, Gardner-Webb) but has impressed. The victory over Butler, after Brad Stevens' team beat North Carolina, stands out.

Charlotte 49ers (7-0)
The A-10 has an impressive corps and Charlotte was not supposed to be among the elite. After winning the Great Alaska Shootout and beating East Carolina, Alan Major's team deserves more love, baby!

Wichita State Shockers (8-0)
Gregg Marshall's team gets overshadowed by Creighton in the underrated and dangerous MVC. The Shockers scored a huge early win over VCU.

Wyoming Cowboys (8-0)
Wyoming gained a little exposure by knocking off a ranked Colorado team. The Cowboys have a tough test tonight at Illinois State.

Southern Methodist Mustangs (8-1)
Larry Brown's return to the sidelines has been successful so far. Brown feels this squad has some potential.

Ole Miss Rebels (6-0)
Andy Kennedy has some talent and could make some noise in the SEC.