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National notoriety, Elite Eight trip on line

Updated: March 25, 2004, 9:13 PM ET
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

Boston College and Minnesota are playing in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

But don't be fooled. Both programs are relatively new to the national scene.

While both teams have built themselves into top-25 programs in recent years, Boston College had never played in the NCAA Tournament before 1999. Minnesota had been once, in 1994, and is now playing in just its fourth Big Dance.

Sunday's winner will advance to its first Elite Eight. But there's something bigger ...

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