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Contenders or pretenders?

Updated: December 26, 2012, 1:24 PM ET
By Dick Vitale

I break down the college basketball season into four parts: the pre-conference schedule, league play, conference tournament time and the postseason. Now that the majority of the pre-conference schedule has been completed, it is time to find out which teams are contenders in their respective conferences and which ones are pretenders.

There are schools that have padded their records on bargain-basement goodies, enjoying cupcake city. They may have a W or two worth noting, but can they hold ...

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