These teams should have the goods to contend 

August, 11, 2009
8/11/09
10:19
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Upon reading Dick Vitale's Top 40, I started to think about the massive group in the middle of the college basketball world that feels forever disrespected by not being on such a list. Not that whining gets you anywhere in life; it's just that once you get past the top 10 or so, there are a lot of similar teams. That's why making a list such as Dickie V's is not an easy task.

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. In order to do so, I needed a hook, and being left out was the first and most obvious tie between teams. But there also had to be a good storyline or two and some chatter in college hoops about a certain team's potential.

In the end, I picked 30 teams that weren't in Vitale's rankings -- 30 teams worth watching and discussing. The plan is to roll out 10 a week for the next three weeks.