While college basketball is known for its preaching of fundamentals and ferocious determination, it promotes another necessity in life... beautiful dancers.
Like the players they root for, these college cheerleaders scratch and claw for the eventual opportunity to perform at the professional level.
Their zealous natures and beautiful styles can lead to a sexy career in cheerleading.
Here are the hottest dance-team babes in college basketball.
While she's undoubtedly unhappy about the lack of professional basketball this season, this dancer seems quite happy that college basketball is still happening.
The UCLA Bruins will be the big show in town this season, especially with their sexy dance team keeping fans in the seats.
The Kansas Jayhawks may miss Kirk Hinrich's crafty passes and Nick Collison's relentless attempts at rebounds, but their fans are undeniably content with the influx of new dancers ready to grace the court.
A winning smile and vivacious aura from their dancers continues to give Kansas fans plenty of hope for the future.
As she effortlessly kicks the dirt off of her shoulder, this dancer undoubtedly realizes that her jaw-dropping moves elicit more fan excitement than the actual game does.
Fans clearly don't come to watch a basketball being thrown around.
Fans were undoubtedly disappointed when the No. 9-ranked Vols lost to No. 8 Michigan last year by 30 points in the NCAA tournament.
But with disappointment comes opportunity for improvement.
Behind these stellar girls, the team can't possibly fail.
They may have lost 71-61 to No. 11 VCU in the Elite Eight last season, after being the No. 1-ranked team, but the Kansas Jayhawks are undoubtedly prepared to regain their position as arguably the best team.
These dancers will fight just as hard to keep them garnering media attention.
Some are passive, others are aggressive (pictured), but they all yearn for the same VCU victory that brings happiness to the fans.
This dancer may have forgotten a hair clip, but she is willing to lose her sight for the team.
While they may not be known for being a top-ranked team, the Rutgers basketball program still has an elite dance team that keeps the team relevant.
They continue to be optimistic.
Any dance squad that is willing to become one with the court certainly deserves world-wide acclaim.
After losing to VCU 59-46 in the first round of last season's March Madness, USC is ready to fight to regain the prowess they featured during O.J. Mayo's days.
Their dancers are ready to ignite this team.
They may be known as the Yellow Jackets, but these Georgia Tech dancers are quite friendly to say the least.
Whether this girl is looking around to see how much time is left in the routine or she is just exuding all possible energy is debatable, but she's still in the upper echelon of dancers.
While talent clearly wins titles, breathtaking dancers can be the most essential part of a successful season.
In the waning minutes of the game, when the players can no longer breath and are fighting for that last inch, seeing these girls on the sideline only improves morale and motivates the team.
While Carmelo Anthony may have led the Orangemen to their first National Championship in 2003, there is little doubt that he misses the dancers at Syracuse more than anything else.
With an adventurous ability to excite the crowd, these dancers continue to have faith in the potent squad that lost to No. 11 Marquette in the third round last year despite having the No. 3 ranking.
After losing to Arizona in the third round of the NCAA tournament last season, fans were naturally disappointed.
However, seeing pictures of their dancers gracing the court undoubtedly improved the morale and brought optimistic expectations for this coming season.
They clearly embrace the camera.
As she tries to keep her emotions intact and her exhilarating smile subtle, this Michigan dancer realizes there is no use in hiding.
She is just as excited for this season as her fans are, considering the team only lost to No. 1-ranked Duke by two points in the third round of last season's tourney.
Soon enough it'll be their time.
Not only are their uniforms subtly colorful and their dancers exuberant, but the team has clearly found the perfect path to success.
This unique lineup compliments the unique beauty of each girl and allows them to spread the formation out a bit.
A new generation of dancing.
The award for most flexible dancer in college basketball clearly goes to this eager Rebel.
While other teams' fans may be deprived of these unique performances, UNLV fans undeniably expect this from their dancers.
Some might argue they deserve a chance on the court.
With dancers like this, it's easy to see why the No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes expected more than a Sweet 16 upset loss to No. 4-ranked Kentucky by two points last season.
However, these girls are back, and the team is refocused behind 2011 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award winner Jared Sullinger, who chose to stay for his Sophomore year instead of turning pro.
Here's the reason why.
After losing to the No. 2 Tar Heels in the third round last year by only three points, the Washington Huskies felt robbed and were undeniably ready for vengeance.
This year, behind a stellar dance team, the Huskies will look to shake their way to the top.
These dancers may be wearing blue, but they certainly don't feature a melancholy nature.
The cheerful smiles and innocent dance moves keeps Tar Heels fans believing in their team, despite losing to Kentucky in the Elite Eight last season.
Rather than a routine dance, these girls seemingly perform a type of victory dance to cause a stir.
Whether it works is insignificant considering the smiles on their faces.
The UCLA dancers continue to impress the crowd with a sheer determination for victory.
They are undoubtedly counted on as much as the Bruins are regarding to bring respect to the campus.
As one of only two ACC schools to have had at least one player selected in each of the last five NBA Drafts, Florida State is clearly accomplished, but it's their dancers who garner the most nation-wide respect.
The Seminoles undoubtedly look to their cheer team for leadership.
With a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1983 but no championships to this day, Bulldogs fans undoubtedly need something to be positive about.
If their future is anything like their dancers, it will be bright and promising.
Only one game from reaching the Championship Game, VCU fans were undoubtedly distraught with the team's 70-62 loss to Butler in the Final Four.
However, their dancers are back for more and ready to excite and surprise the league once again.
Not only does this school have quite the iconic uniforms, but their dance team is easily the cream of the crop.
These girls have the swagger and engaging smile to attract any audience.
Their fans are never disappointed.
Fans naturally have high expectations of every Gators squad considering the team's rich recent history.
They won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tournaments back-to-back, becoming the first and only team ever to win two NCAA championships with the same starting lineup.
This dancer's pleased smile tells us she knows the history.