The 10 longest NCAA tournament droughts
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Northwestern seemingly assured itself of its first NCAA tournament berth thanks to an epic last-second win Wednesday over Michigan, and will no longer be the lone Power 5 school to have never experienced March Madness.
However, the following schools don't appear to be as lucky this year when it comes to ending extremely long NCAA tournament absences:
10 Longest Droughts
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The droughts for nine of those schools look likely to extend another year, but there's still hope for one.
Furman is tied for first in the SoCon with a 14-4 conference record, the same as East Tennessee State (24-7) and UNC Greensboro (23-8). Their overall record is not as good at 21-10, but the Paladins are 2-2 against those two schools, with a win against each.
A 36-year drought could very well come to an end with a conference tournament win, though the same cannot be said for fellow SoCon member VMI, sitting in last place at 6-23 overall and 3-15 in-conference.
Now that Northwestern has broken through, maybe that magic will extend to a school currently enduring one of the 10 longest March Madness droughts.