Predicting the Top Mid-Major Stars for the 2014-15 College Basketball Season

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Predicting the Top Mid-Major Stars for the 2014-15 College Basketball Season
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Saunders and Chambers are the primary reasons Harvard remains a force in 2014-15.

In case you stopped counting a few years back, Division I college basketball has swelled to a whopping 351 teams. Of those 351, the bulk of our TV/talk radio/Internet reading traffic usually seems to center on about, oh, six or seven.

OK, that's an exaggeration, but it's slighter than you might think.

Some fans eyes may glaze over when we start throwing around the ever-fluid term "mid-major," since it's unlikely that those fans are hard-core enough to pay attention to any of these teams until they're trying to explain some of their head-scratching office pool picks every March.

Still, there's plenty of talent outside of the conferences with national TV deals on ESPN or Fox Sports 1. There are players who may be fun to watch if fans simply stay up late enough or spend a few extra minutes searching for the right streaming services.

These 20 players (and 20 honorable mention picks because we're really nice guys here at B/R) are ones who any serious college basketball fan should go seek out at least once this season. That way, you'll have a personal frame of reference when you're trying to pontificate on why Harvard or Georgia State will be NCAA tournament sleepers.

 

Players from the following conferences were not considered for this list: ACC, American, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12 and SEC.

Plus, top programs Gonzaga (16 straight NCAA tournaments and 13 straight years of at least one AP Top 25 ranking) and Wichita State (a Final Four and a one-loss season in the past two years) were excluded.

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