Five non-NCAA Tournament teams likely to dance next year

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Typical NCAA Tournament teams like Kentucky, Purdue, and Texas should have bounce back seasons next year and vie for a spot in the Big Dance.  Here are five teams that missed out on the NCAA Tournament but should make a splash next season.

Here are five NCAA Tournament teams likely to regress next season.

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10 Non-NCAA Tournament teams ready to make a splash next season

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College basketball fans whose team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament are probably already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 season.  Typical tourney teams like UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Villanova, and Maryland should have bounce back seasons next year and vie for a spot in the Big Dance.  Here are ten non-tourney programs to watch out for next season.

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Butler, back to back National runners-up, not headed to NCAA Tournament

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As hot a coaching commodity as Brad Stevens is, his stock will decrease just a tiny bit in value this year.

It’s official now, the Butler Bulldogs, who made it all the way to the national title game both last year, and in 2010, will not be in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Valparaiso Crusaders (20-11) eliminated Butler (20-14) tonight in the Horizon League tournament, the Bulldogs only way in this March.

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NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch (2/22/11)

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With two weeks left in the regular season, we are hitting the stretch run of the college basketball season and teams are trying to improve their resume and pick up some key wins to help their NCAA Tournament hopes.  Here are some crucial games this week that have bubble teams matching head-to-head that could ultimately make or break their chances of being selected for the Field of 68Click here for my latest bracketology.

By: David Kay
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UPDATED: Field of 65 (TSB’s Bracketology 3-14-10)

By: David Kay

UPDATED: 2:45 PM

A crazy Saturday has made a few bubble teams very unhappy.  Houston stole an at-large bid by winning the Conference USA Tournament.  New Mexico State likely did the same by beating Utah State, who should still be in.  Washington went from bubble team to a for sure “in” by claiming the Pac-10 crown.  Minnesota and Mississippi State improved their resumes by advancing to the tournament title games in their respective conferences.  With all that taken into account, here is my latest version of predicting what the NCAA Tournament field will look like.  (Teams with an * have already clinched a spot in the dance.)
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Field of 65 (TSB’s Bracketology 3-13-10)

By: David Kay

Illinois probably saved their NCAA Tournament lives by beating Wisconsin on Saturday.  Same can be said of Washington after advancing to the Pac-10 Championship Game and San Diego State since they knocked off New Mexico; earning a trip to the Mountain West Title tilt.  Still, there are plenty of debates and questions with Selection Sunday now a little more than 24 hours away.  Here is my latest attempt at predicting the 65-team tourney field.  (Teams with an * have already clinched a spot in the dance.)
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