Hope springs eternal during the offseason, and there are 10 college basketball teams from major conferences with very legitimate hopes of reaching the 2014 NCAA tournament despite failing to accomplish so much as a winning record in conference this past season.
Every year, there are a handful of teams that flip the script from "terrible" to "tournament" in one offseason. George Washington was 13-17 during the 2012-13 season, but the Colonials made the tournament in 2014. Same goes for Nebraska (15-18) and Texas (16-18).
The season before that, it was Villanova (13-19 in 2011-12), Boise State (13-17) and Oklahoma (15-16) who had the biggest turnarounds to make the 2013 NCAA tournament.
With that in mind, we took a look through the list of more than 50 major-conference teams who finished at or below .500 in conference play in 2013-14 in hopes of identifying the ones most likely to make a leap into the 2015 NCAA tournament.
These are the 10 major-conference teams who somewhat stunk last year but could be smelling like roses next March.
Conferences considered were Atlantic Coast, American, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-12 and Southeastern.