Ranking the 10 Most-Hyped Teams in College Basketball History

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Ranking the 10 Most-Hyped Teams in College Basketball History

In a sport like college basketball, where so much expectation is based on nebulous terms like "potential" and "upside," hype is inescapable. A climate soaked in social media seemingly puts nothing but hype in our faces day in and day out.

However, Facebook and Twitter didn't invent hype. Far from it.

College basketball fans have been getting excited about their teams' prospects since Iowa sought revenge for a loss to Chicago back in 1896. Whether through the blessing of talented recruits or the return of veterans who spurned professional overtures, many teams have entered many seasons with enormous expectations.

One day, the super crop of freshmen from Kentuckypictured abovewill be on a list just like this, once we have the benefit of some distance and some historical perspective. For now, though, we have to look back a bit further.

These 10 teams had talent to spare. They also had the burden of proof hanging over them from the season's opening tip.

Andspoiler alertonly one group had ever heard of Facebook or Twitter.

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