Michael Rogner sort of stole my thunder by looking at 5 teams underrated by the media, but today we are going to go one step deeper and give you a sleeper or two from every BCS (plus a couple others). Sleeper is, of course, a bit of a nebulous term. Does it mean a sleeper to win the league? A traditionally bottom of the pack team surging towards the middle? Well….yes.
ACC - Boston College and Georgia Tech
The Eagles and Yellow Jackets matched up in the first round of the ACC tournament last year, with BC’s Olivier Hanlan stealing the show, scoring 41 points in the win. Both teams are returning most of their talent from last year, so it’s not hard to see why they are on this list.
Georgia Tech already has one thing going for it in that they were a pretty good defensive team last year, ranking 33rd in KenPom. They got a bit worse once they got to ACC play, but in Senior Daniel Miller they have a good rim protector (7.8 block percentage) and with everyone getting a year older, the offense should be able to catch up to the defense and the Yellow Jackets can make a run to perhaps the ACC top 6.
BC was the opposite last year, with a competitive offense but poor defense. Hanlan shot almost 50% from two and 40% from three while taking the second most shots on the team so, depending on how he adjusts to the extra attention he is sure to get from defenses, he could be in line for a big year. All told, the Eagles had three players shoot 37.5% or better from three, so if some of their other guys get a bit more selective, or shoot a little better, they could be in for a good year.