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Rags to riches … to madness

A few years ago, these programs floundered miserably. Now they're in the NCAA Tournament. Story

Updated: March 26, 2007, 11:34 AM ET
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

Just about any college basketball coach will tell you that recruiting is the key to success.

Even the best coaches can watch hours of film, design countless plays, scream, coax, exhort and motivate players, but it means little without the talent to execute their designs. Almost every team works diligently, so programs ultimately distinguish themselves on the recruiting trail.

Recruiting is especially significant to a program struggling to escape the depths of losing, whether it's ...

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