Are these seven surprise teams legit?

Jay Wright finally has a team stocked with the hard-nosed grinders he has always preferred. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

We all knew Michigan State would be a national title contender when Gary Harris and Adreian Payne returned. We also knew that Kentucky and Kansas -- with loaded freshman classes -- would be among the elite teams in the country.

But who has surprised thus far? Here are seven teams that weren’t expected to be where they are right now. But can they keep it up?