A look at 15 more underappreciated teams

Updated: October 5, 2010, 3:24 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb
Whenever I read preseason rankings such as Andy Katz's top 25 or Dick Vitale's top 40, I immediately think about the massive group in the middle of the college basketball world that feels forever disrespected by not being on such lists. That's why making such a list is never an easy task -- there are plenty of teams with legit arguments.

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. Programs that have a certain buzz about them in college basketball circles are the ones I'll identify here.