Three mid-majors to keep an eye on

Updated: December 18, 2008, 11:47 AM ET
By Kyle Whelliston
At this time of year, most college sports fans are focused on the football bowl picture. Therefore, hoops news has to be of the big, bold and shocking variety in order to make an impact. Anything short of VMI beating Kentucky, UMass squeaking by national champion Kansas, Temple destroying Tennessee or Cleveland State's miracle buzzer-beater at Syracuse is probably going to end up buried on Page Seven.

So you might have missed these solid performances by teams that haven't made any big national noise. But these three squads are putting together unexpectedly spectacular seasons, and may have even knocked off one of those headline-grabbers listed above. We're not saying they'd beat Kansas or Tennessee, but it's possible that some of these teams might just end up winning its league and getting a shot at the big boys in the Big Dance.

Evansville (Missouri Valley)