The one’s who weren’t supposed to make it. The little guys. Cinderella.
Mid-majors are known by many names, but what they aren’t known for is popularity until March comes around. You won’t hear fans talking about how Dayton beat LaSalle in the middle of February, but you’ll hear all about their run to the Elite Eight during the 2014 NCAA Tournament. North Dakota State knocking off Delaware last December didn’t make any headlines, but their victory over Oklahoma certainly did.
These small schools, the ones that make up the bulk of college basketball’s landscape, don’t necessarily get the appreciation they deserve until they do something great in March, when the eyes of the country are on them. Winning in March is all the casual fan cares about with these schools, even though by that time they’ve already played about 30 games and obviously had enough success in those 30 games to reach the big stage.
Wouldn’t you rather know about these teams before March, before everybody else? That’s what we’re here to help you with.
As we enter September, we’re about a month away from teams being able to open practice. It’ll be a grueling month for these teams, but the fun period for fans. This is where you get the chance to learn about those to watch during the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Isn’t it about time you were ahead of the curve? We think so too.
Here are a few of the top mid-majors and a short synopsis for them. We will take a look at these teams more in-depth during conference previews and the predictions of champions.
Note: Mid-Majors are defined by teams considered for the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll. These teams come from the following conferences:America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, Western Athletic.