Top 10 mid-majors 

October, 23, 2008

Seven years have passed since Jackie Stiles led Southwest Missouri State to the Final Four in St. Louis. Stiles is sadly long gone from the national basketball scene and her alma mater now goes by a new name, but could another mid-major rise to the challenge with the Final Four returning to the banks of the Mississippi?

As teams like Liberty, Old Dominion and Marist have shown in recent years, the Sweet 16, at least, remains within reach for teams that spend much of their seasons well beneath the radar. So periodically throughout the months to come, we'll check on those mid-majors with the most hope of becoming spring surprises.

Graham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999.