Offseason buzz in college basketball naturally focuses on the highest-profile programs, but sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and looking at just how many great teams are lurking outside the power conferences. As Wichita State proved in last year’s NCAA tournament, a strong mid-major team can be a dangerous matchup for any opponent.
One such squad that’s looking to redeem a disappointing finish from last season is the New Mexico Lobos. Rising senior Kendall Williams leads an experienced and talent-rich team that’s out for blood after an embarrassing loss to Harvard in March.
Read on for more on the Lobos and the rest of the 20 most intriguing teams from the mid-major ranks. For purposes of this list, the six BCS football conferences and the new AAC were treated as major conferences and excluded, but everything else was fair game.