It would be cool to go back in time and make this list five years ago. If I could time travel (anyone know where I can get one of those hot tub time machines?), Butler coming off an impressive 30-4 record in 2007-08 under baby-faced first-year coach Brad Stevens would be on the list.
The Stevens formula usually works out quite well.
Young coach + immediate success = Promising up-and-comer
We aren't ageists here at Bleacher Report, so there are some programs run by older coaches on the list.
And it's not fair to only include the mid-majors as up-and-comers. Believe it or not, you can be in a big conference and be an up-and-comer. It happens. Once upon a time, Arizona was a crummy Pac-10 school...and then Lute Olson showed up.
Keep these things in mind as you go through this list. The next Stevens and Butler or Olson and Arizona could be found here.