NCAA welcomes new teams to March Madness party
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This year’s 68-team version of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament has a few new members, a few that have not visited in the past decade, and a lot of the same faces. In fact, of the 68 teams, exactly half (34) played in the tourney last year.
Here’s a quick look at the 34 teams that did not play in the 2011 tournament and when they last appeared in the event.
Last appearance in NCAA men’s tournament, teams
First appearance in tournament: South Dakota State, Norfolk State
1991: Southern Mississippi
1992: South Florida
1994: Loyola (Md.)
2000: St. Louis, St. Bonaventure, Lamar
2003: Colorado, Colorado St.
2005: Iowa State
2006: Wichita State, Iona, Alabama, North Carolina State
2007: Virginia, Long Beach State, Creighton
2008: Indiana, Mississippi Valley State, Davidson
2009: Western Kentucky
2010: Baylor, New Mexico State, Lehigh, New Mexico, Murray State, Montana, St. Mary’s, California, Ohio, Vermont