NCAA Tournament 2012: 15 Teams That Could Be This Year's Butler

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NCAA Tournament 2012: 15 Teams That Could Be This Year's Butler
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It is still hard to believe that the previously unknown, unheralded and generally unexciting Butler Bulldogs have played in the past two national championship games.

Unfortunately, the Cinderella story has ended this year as Butler failed to make a run to its conference championship and likely will not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Good news for basketball fans who love the underdog: There are quite a number of teams ready to follow in Butler’s footsteps. 

This might be the most successful season for mid-major basketball programs in modern history, as three teams outside of the BCS conferences are ranked in the top 25. 

But there are plenty more where that came from.

Some squads already have buzz surrounding their play, but others have not managed to crack the national stage…yet.

No team in the NCAA tournament can take a night off, no matter its seeding, because these 15 teams will be waiting.

Everyone wants to be the next Butler. These are the teams that have the best shot.

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