NCAA Tournament 2012: Murray State and 10 Other Huge Tourney Pretenders

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Murray State and 10 Other Huge Tourney Pretenders
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The most exciting time of year—March Madness—is literally only a few weeks away.

The best thing about the NCAA tournament is when Cinderella teams absolutely shock the world, just as George Mason did in 2006 by making it to the Final Four. And let's not forget about Butler's run to the national championship last year.

At the same time, though, there are teams that will surely make it to the tournament, but will likely not become Cinderella stories; these are known as "pretenders."

This college basketball season, there are a plethora of pretenders that will make the NCAA tournament; here are 11 of them.

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