These teams have the goods to contend (Part III)

Updated: August 27, 2009, 3:04 AM ET
By Doug Gottlieb
Upon reading Dick Vitale's Top 40, I started to think about the massive group in the middle of the college basketball world that feels forever disrespected by not being on such a list. Not that whining gets you anywhere in life; it's just that once you get past the top 10 or so, many teams are similar. That's why making a list such as Dickie V's is not an easy task.

So I decided to sit down and think of how many teams could end the season on such a list and, if everything worked out, be right in the NCAA tourney discussion. To do so, I needed a hook, and being left out was the first and most obvious tie among teams. But there also had to be a good storyline or two and some chatter in college hoops about a certain team's potential.

In the end, I picked 30 teams that weren't in Vitale's rankings -- 30 teams worth watching and discussing. The first 10 were Maryland, Northern Iowa, Creighton, Washington State, Oregon, Cincinnati, BYU, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Nevada. The next 10 were Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Boston College, Arizona, Oregon State, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, Richmond and San Diego State.