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Checking out all 68 teams in the field

Some are just happy to be here, some can surprise, and some can win it all

Originally Published: March 16, 2014
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com

One year ago today, on the eve of the greatest sporting event in the world, college basketball was in crisis.

It felt that way at least after years of football-dominated conference realignment, decades of slower and lower-scoring basketball, and hundreds of overofficiated games. In 2012-13, the slowest and lowest-scoring season in the modern record, we couldn't help but feel a little down. When it was our turn to introduce the newly minted NCAA tournament field, we ranked the 68 teams in ...

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