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:
Pac-12 got 5 teams in w/ avg seed of 9.2. @themwc got 5 teams in w/ avg seed of 7.2. Now will MW actually outperform P12 in NCAA Tourney?— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) March 18, 2013
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.
Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.