Every year, the NCAA tournament's selection committee leaves teams on the outside looking in when they pick the 68 schools who will play for the college basketball championship. This year, despite a 27-6 record, Drexel was left out of the tournament.
However, despite missing the NCAA tournament, Drexel and these other teams are on the rise and will make the tournament next year.
Drexel should have gotten into the field of 68. However, the selection committee felt that despite their impressive record and finishing atop their conference during the regular season, they were not good enough compared to some of the other at-large selections.
Drexel will be even better next year because of their weak conference schedule. This year, the Dragons went near perfect, finishing the year 16-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Drexel was led this year by sophomore Frantz Massenat, who should return next year for his junior season to improve on 13.6 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Seton Hall (20-12)
Seton Hall just missed out on making the NCAA tournament despite finishing their season with 20 wins. During the 2011 season, Seton Hall had impressive Big East victories over Georgetown, Connecticut and West Virginia.
Next year, the Pirates have an impressive roster coming back ready to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid.
They return sophomore guard/forward Fuquan Edwin who finished third on the team in points scored, averaging 12.5 per game.
On top of getting a big season from Edwin, Seton Hall will need a big season from guard Aaron Crosby, who had a solid freshman year averaging 7.9 points per game. Crosby will be taking over the spot that was held by senior Jordan Theodore.
Oral Roberts (27-6)
Oral Roberts, just like Drexel, finished with 27 wins, at the top of their conference after the regular season and had long winning streaks during their season. But with only one victory over a tournament team, Xavier, they were left out of the NCAA tournament this year.
However, next season Oral Roberts returns a roster that features Warren Niles, who averaged 12.2 points per game this year. Niles will be joined by forward/center Damen Bell-Holter, who averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The Golden Eagles will benefit from these two juniors returning for their senior season and being able to dominate their conference, resulting in the Golden Eagles making the NCAA tournament.
These three teams can take their frustrations out on their competition in the National Invitational Tournament, while staying focused and winning more games next year.