These teams have the goods to contend 

October, 4, 2010
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Whenever I read preseason rankings like Andy Katz's top 25 or Dick Vitale's top 40, I immediately think about the massive group in the middle of the college basketball world that feels forever disrespected by not being on such lists. That's why making such a list is never an easy task -- there are plenty of teams with a legit argument.

So I decided to sit down and think of how many teams could end the season on such a list, and if everything worked out, be right in the NCAA tourney discussion. Programs that have a certain buzz about them in college basketball circles are the ones I'm going to identify here.

In the end, I picked 30 teams that weren't in Vitale's top 40 -- 30 teams worth watching and discussing. I will reveal 15 this afternoon and 15 more on Tuesday.

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