Every year, teams dream of cutting down the nets in April the way Connecticut did this past season. There's a ton of luck involved, but it's rare to see teams that come out of nowhere to win it all. The previous three champions, Connecticut, Duke, and North Carolina are all viewed as basketball powerhouses.
In order for even the powerhouses to still be playing in April, effective planning, the right coaching tactics, and of course, talent, is needed on a consistent basis.
I will be looking at what I believe are the top 50 teams, focusing mostly on the recent years, but still addressing the historically great programs (i.e. Indiana) and how they're looking for the 2011-12 season along with the longer term future if any information has come available.
I tried to include a good number of mid-major teams, because as we've all realized these past couple years, it's becoming more and more possible for these teams to make it deep in the NCAA tournament.