College basketball programs are perennially fighting to improve, but for some teams, getting better just isn’t enough. Whether they have too far to go or face too tough a challenge from their own conference, these teams are moving in the right direction but still don’t look like Big Dance material for 2012-13.
Arkansas, in the second year of Mike Anderson’s reclamation project, serves as a prime example. The Razorbacks have talent returning and solid recruits on the way, but after finishing 6-10 in SEC play a year ago, they’re not quite ready to climb into contention just yet.
Read on for a closer look at the Hogs and nine more promising programs whose fans are going to have to be patient for another season of NIT-caliber basketball.