In the college basketball offseason, nothing is in greater supply than hope, especially for the teams that failed to crack the field of 68 in March. As fans and coaches turn their eyes to 2014-15, many of the postseason no-shows of last year are gearing up to become the surprise winners of next year.
One of the biggest disappointments in 2013-14 was a Notre Dame squad whose ACC debut turned into a debacle. Last year’s Fighting Irish didn’t have Jerian Grant to carry the offense in conference play, but once he gets his academics in order, the electrifying guard is set for a grand re-entrance next fall.
Herein, a closer look at the Irish and nine more teams absent from the 2014 NCAA tournament that are set to come back strong next season.