The 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is still eons away.
Most of the regular season has passed, however, and some 2011 participants continue to slump. In particular, 10 are extreme long shots to return to the Big Dance.
Slow starters regularly gain admittance via automatic bids that can be earned with undefeated runs through conference tournaments. But who wants to put all their eggs in that basket?
Unfortunately, that remains the only option for teams who have under-performed from the get-go.
The field of 68 this March would be improved sans these tourney teams from last year.