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Steve Lappas and Pete Gillen take a week-by-week look at Tournament-worthy teams

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    Steve Lappas, CSTV Analyst Pete Gillen, CSTV Analyst
    Steve Lappas is a CSTV basketball analyst. He was the first Big East coach to move to an A-10 institution, as he went to coach UMass after nine highly-successful seasons at Villanova University, where he guided the Wildcats to a 174-110 record.

    Pete Gillen is a CSTV basketball analyst. During his six seasons at the helm of Virginia men's basketball, Pete Gillen reenergized the Cavalier hoops program with his exciting up-tempo style of play, integrity and caring attitude toward his players.

    What are three teams that are on the rise?

    1. Wisconsin is back. The Badgers have recent victories over Indiana, Penn State and Ohio State.
    2. Washington had a big week with three straight wins, including one over UCLA.
    3. Kansas is one of the hottest teams in the country as their young players come of age rapidly.
    1: Marquette beat Georgetown and Pittsburgh during a three-day period and greatly helped their NCAA Tournament chances.
    2: Houston has won eight in a row and is making a strong case for an NCAA bid.
    3: UAB has amassed a strong record for the season and is playing great basketball right now.

    What are three teams that are on the decline?

    1. Indiana is hanging on for dear life, and received no apparent spark from the Mike Davis announcement.
    2. Southern Illinois has had chances, but losses to Bradley and Louisiana Tech hurt.
    3. Maryland had a tough week, especially in the loss to Clemson.
    1. Clemson started the season strong (11-0) but they have lost five of their last six games.
    2. Indiana has lost five in a row and their once promising season is falling apart.
    3. Miami (Fla.) has lost four in a row and has really hurt their NCAA chances.

    Which Non-BCS school has the best chance of going to the Final Four?

    Without a doubt, Villanova has the best shot of any non-BCS school to make the Final Four. Northern Iowa from the Missouri Valley Conference will be the non-BCS school that has the best chance to go to the Final Four. The team returns all their starters from last season and they are led by a tremendous guard in Ben Jacobson. This team won 20 games the last two years and went to the NCAA Tournament following both of those seasons. They are very well-coached and the Missouri Valley is an excellent league this year, with a chance to get three or four teams in the NCAA Tournament. This team is the best from the very competitive mid-major conferences that are not related to the BCS program.