These teams have the goods to contend (Part II)
August, 18, 2009
By Doug Gottlieb
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, many teams are similar. 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. To do so, I needed a hook, and being left out was the first and most obvious tie among 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. Last week, we published the first 10. That group consisted of Maryland, Northern Iowa, Creighton, Washington State, Oregon, Cincinnati, BYU, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Nevada.
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