One of the best parts of being a college basketball fan is that the power-conference schools don’t hold all the trump cards. In any given season, a program from the Missouri Valley or Conference USA can have everything fall into place and put together a team that can upstage the traditional powers in March.
One team that’s poised for an outstanding run this year is the St. Louis Billikens. After coming within four points of knocking off Michigan State in last season's Big Dance, St. Louis returns four starters from one of the country’s toughest defenses.
Read on for more on the Billikens and (with apologies to such sub-mid-major standouts as Lehigh and Murray State) the rest of the 10 best mid-major teams in the country for 2012-13.