With college basketball trending more and more toward parity, the term "mid-majors" can sometimes be a misleading descriptor. Wichita State, of the Missouri Valley Conference, made a remarkable Final Four run last season (and returns three starters), and strong programs like Gonzaga, VCU and Harvard are establishing themselves as bonafide tournament stalwarts. While teams like Kentucky, Duke and Kansas aren't going away, teams from less mainstream leagues are likely to challenge their dominance with increasing frequency.
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Correction: A previous edition of this article stated that Wichita States returns five starters. The correct number is three starters.