College Basketball 2012: VCU, Memphis and the Preseason Non-Big Six Top 25

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College Basketball 2012: VCU, Memphis and the Preseason Non-Big Six Top 25
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With parity reaching an all-time high in college basketball, we're seeing more schools outside of the power six conferences making deep tournament runs in March each year.

Schools such as Gonzaga and Butler have become the faces of mid-major basketball over the last decade, and have helped create publicity and opportunities for not only teams within their conferences, but other small conferences around the country.

There has been debate over what the true definition of "mid-major" is as it relates to college basketball and which conferences are considered to be mid-major. Some basketball analysts consider the Mountain West, Atlantic-10, Conference-USA and Western Athletic Conference to be non-mid-major conferences. Others consider any conference outside of the Big Six to be a mid-major conference. 

To keep it simple, I go with the latter.

Here's a look into my preseason top 25 from the non-Big Six conferences.

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