With conference tournaments already here for some schools, time is short for the teams that haven’t yet locked up an NCAA tournament berth. More spots in the big dance will be claimed in the next week and a half, but plenty of teams will need some help and a lot of luck if they’re going to join the field of 68.
Perhaps the most surprising name on this list is the UConn Huskies, who could miss the chance to defend their national title. Even with Shabazz Napier turning in some brilliant performances in place of the departed Kemba Walker, UConn has limped to a 7-10 record in the Big East and will need another sensational conference tournament just to play in March Madness.
Read on for a closer look at the Huskies and nine other hopefuls who will have to scramble for the final few spots in the NCAA tournament field.