The next FAU? 5 mid-majors to view in 2023-24
John Gasaway, ESPN InsiderOct 25, 2023, 09:30 AM ET Close ESPN Expert college basketball contributor
- Very first began covering college hoops in 2004
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When speaking of mid-majors in 2023-24, one concern insinuates itself right at the top: Who will be this year’s Florida Atlantic? However before asking this, consider the possibility that the answer might be Florida Atlantic.The Owls are ranked
No. 10 in the AP preseason Top 25 survey, higher than Gonzaga, Arizona, Kentucky or North Carolina. Even a nominally “low” appraisal such as KenPom’s (No. 37) is maybe best viewed as having Dusty May’s group truly and not surprisingly high— in Department I’s 90th percentile– more or less.By all accounts FAU will be strong, and the following conversation is instead dedicated to other mid-majors seeking to follow in the Owls’ tracks.While we’re exempting programs from this discussion at the top, our quarter-century-and-counting “restriction”on the term “mid-major “with referral to Gonzaga Bulldogs of course continues.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Such labeling is likewise waived for our present purposes with regard to Saint Mary’s and undoubtedly this season’s whole Mountain West conference. After sending out San Diego State to the national title game and ranking No. 6 amongst all conferences at KenPom in 2022-23, the Mountain West richly deserves its omission here.So much for meanings. Here are 5 mid-majors worthwhile of your very close attention in 2023-24.