College basketball's power conferences don't get to have all the fun anymore. Each season, new interlopers from the game's less-heralded leagues manage to make a splash in the NCAA tournament.
This season, their numbers were legion. Harvard struck for the second straight year, Mercer continued the Atlantic Sun run that Florida Gulf Coast started in 2013 and Stephen F. Austin sprung an upset on mid-major patron saint VCU.
So who's in line for next season? Do any of the usual suspects return for another run? Does someone pop up from the weeds? Does somebody defy all reason and make the dance despite looking like an afterthought in April?
The answer to all will likely be yes, but some of the lower conferences' top contenders show signs of life even at this early stage. These 10 teams have enough talent on hand to stamp them as potential Cinderellas, even 11 months in advance.
Teams from the following conferences were not considered mid-majors: ACC, American, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-12 and SEC. Also, top programs like Wichita State and Gonzaga were not considered.