There are about 350 college basketball teams in Division I, but in reality, most of those teams will never have a chance to win a national title. It's the same 40 or 50 teams each year that are in the running for a championship, as well as to make a deep run through the NCAA tournament.
A number of the traditionally strong programs had less-than-stellar seasons in 2013-14, though, performing so below expectations they either were eliminated early from the NCAA tourney or didn't even make it at all. While down years are expected at most programs, with these powers, such a lull has a much greater significance.
But fear not, fans of the fallen, we've got some solutions. On paper, at least, these suggestions seem to be the best way for last year's underachievers to make instant improvements and return to their normal place among college basketball's top teams.