Mid-major teams have been steadily climbing up the college basketball rankings ever since the George Mason Patriots’ improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.
There is less separation between the traditional powerhouses like the Duke Blue Devils and UCLA Bruins and mid-major teams like the Ohio Bobcats.
Following in George Mason’s footsteps, the Butler Bulldogs made it to two national championship games in a row in 2010 and 2011, narrowly losing both contests.
Joining Butler in 2011 were the VCU Rams, who made their own unexpected Final Four run before losing to the Bulldogs.
So why should next season be any different?
There are plenty of teams ready and waiting to make that leap into the national spotlight. And more than a few are capable of doing so.
Here are the mid-major college basketball teams that have a legitimate shot at reaching the Final Four next season.