Every year, the NCAA Tournament is viewed as arguably the most entertaining event on the sports calendar. Much of that excitement is owed to the first weekend, with a non-stop flow of games, many ending in upsets and thrilling finishes.
The first weekend owes a lot of its excitement to a group of small schools that have become known as the mid-majors. Mid-major has become a real buzz word over the past decade.
It used to be that these teams would sneak up on you, but now everyone is searching for the team that can be "this year's Gonzaga".
This list isn't solely a ranking of the 10 best mid-majors, but a ranking of which in this group has the best chance to survive the first weekend. Quality of team is a huge factor, but also, where a team is projected to be seeded plays a part as well.
The top-eight power conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, SEC, ACC, Mountain West, Pac-12 and Atlantic 10) are excluded, as well as more traditionally successful teams like Gonzaga and BYU.
Here are the 10 mid-majors with the best shot at a Sweet 16 appearance.