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College Basketball Midseason Report: Surprises and disappointments

We're halfway to the Final Four, so it's time to look at the surprises and disappointments so far
<p> Minnesota and Illinois have added to the depth of the Big Ten, while Kentucky's slump has us skeptical about the SEC.</p>

The college basketball season is rolling along as we’ve reached the halfway point to the Final Four.

College Basketball Sleepers: 10 teams that could return to the NCAA Tourney

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon hopes the Panthers end a one-year Tourney drought.
<p> College Basketball Sleepers: 10 teams that could return to the NCAA Tourney<br />  </p>

In 2012, 30 of 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field missed out a bid a season earlier.

The tally included eight from the six major conferences, including returns to prominence for Indiana and NC State. A quarter of the Sweet 16 -- the Hoosiers, Wolfpack, Baylor and Ohio -- was comprised of teams that a year earlier were either in consolation tournaments or missed the postseason altogether.

In 2012-13, Tournament droughts undoubtedly will end with a handful of teams capable of reaching the second weekend.

Top 10 College Coaches Under 40

Our look at the most accomplished under-40 college football and basketball coaches
<p> Top College Coaches Under 40</p>

What would recent Final Fours be without Butler and VCU? And how boring would college football be without coaches like Lane Kiffin and Pat Fitzgerald.

There’s an intriguing youth movement afoot in college sports where Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Shaka Smart, both under the age of 40, have reached the final weekend of the NCAA Tournament and subsequently turn down big-time jobs to continue building their mid-major programs.

College Basketball Conference Realignment: Winners and Losers

How teams and leagues graded out in conference basketball realignment
<p> College basketball conference realignment: Winners and Losers</p>

One of the unfortunate truths of the latest wave of conference realignment is the overwhelming focus on football.

As a result, basketball and other sports have been of secondary concern in some circles. In others, such as at Butler and VCU and in the Horizon, Colonial and Ohio Valley, basketball is the primary engine of revenue. Almost every league in some way has been impacted by the dominoes of realignment.