The recent March heroics of teams like Butler and Virginia Commonwealth have ensured that mid-major teams get major respect from the selection committee. With few elite opponents in conference play, though, it’s still a tough road to the NCAA tournament for the teams that have to wait for at-large selections.
Just like last year, one such team is likely to be VCU, currently tied for second place in the CAA. The Rams lost a boatload of talent from their Final Four squad of a season ago, but sharpshooters like Bradford Burgess have them in the at-large conversation for the second year in a row.
Herein, a look at the at-large hopes of the Rams and 14 other tough mid-majors who find themselves trailing the leaders of their respective conferences.