15 NCAA Basketball Teams Hitting Panic Button as Conference Tournaments Begin

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15 NCAA Basketball Teams Hitting Panic Button as Conference Tournaments Begin
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Pressure is mounting on a number of teams.

A lot of teams know they need to fare well in their conference tournament to reach the NCAA tournament, but not all of them are in panic mode. Many are satisfied just to be in position to get in.

To be hitting the panic button, a team must meet at least one of three criteria:

1. Expectations were high for the team and failing to make the NCAA tournament would be a huge disappointment for the team and its fan base.

2. The team had things going in its favor earlier in the season, but recent developments have put either an NCAA tournament berth or its postseason prospects in great peril.

3. An aspect of the team or its season, such as a coach's job security, is putting additional pressure on the team.

We rely heavily on the bracketology of ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi and CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm to determine whether a team is on the NCAA tournament bubble or what its seed might be.

Here is our countdown of the 15 teams that may hit the panic button, ending with the team that has the most reason to panic.

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