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One well-timed win is all you really need

Florida State and Texas A&M chose a good time to upset two of the nation's top teams. Though Wednesday's triumphs over No. 1 Duke and No. 7 Texas were the first quality wins for both teams this season, it should still be enough to get them into the Big Dance, writes Doug Gottlieb.

Originally Published: March 1, 2006
By Doug Gottlieb | Special to ESPN.com

While it's easy to say Florida State and Texas A&M are in the NCAA Tournament based on their home wins over No. 1 Duke and No. 7 Texas, respectively, the truth is that these wins also highlight the disparity between high-major and mid-major basketball.

Texas A&M only played one true nonconference road game (and lost at Pacific) and FSU only played two (a win at 1-27 Jacksonville and a loss at Florida). Now consider Hofstra, which also played a light nonconference schedule (with a ...

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