March Madness 2013: Gonzaga and More Dangerous Mid-Major Powerhouses

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March Madness 2013: Gonzaga and More Dangerous Mid-Major Powerhouses
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Perhaps no other season has better showcased the mid-major's rise to the top of the college hoops world than the 2012-13 campaign. 

Not only did the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs grab a top seed, making them just the fourth non-power conference school in the last 14 years to do so, but the fate of the so-called bubble teams also speaks volumes.

Saint Mary's, Middle Tennessee State, Boise State and La Salle were the fortunate final four squads given a golden ticket, while powerhouses like Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia were given a nice parting gift in the form of an NIT invitation.

It doesn't stop there.

Five Mountain West teams and five Atlantic-10 teams made the tournament. That's as many as the Pac-12 and Big 12, and more than the ACC (4) and SEC (3).

Moreover, as Geoff Grammer from the Albuquerque Journal points out, the seeds also suggest a changing of guard:

Times, they are a changin'. 

So, even though it's clear that "mid-major" doesn't even begin to describe many of these schools anymore, let's take a look at the most dangerous teams outside the power-six conferences. 

 

Note: Be sure to click here to download a printable NCAA bracket. You can also follow along with a live, updated bracket here. 

Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.

Also note: All advanced statistics come from BBstate.com, unless noted otherwise. 


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