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November 27, 2009
December wins can lead to March grins
December is a tough month for college sports fans. Bowl games are starting up, and holiday obligations make viewing games a challenge.
And if a basketball fan has an hour or two for some December hoops, there's always the possibility it's finals week for one team and a non-conference tune-up for another.
Yet this is the time when NCAA tournament at-large bids can be won or lost. Some teams, such as Syracuse (with convincing wins over California and North Carolina), boosted their resumes in November. Others, such as UCLA (with a loss to Cal State Fullerton), dug themselves into a hole through the first few weeks of the season.
Here's a quick guide to 12 teams that have a lot to gain or lose before the calendar turns to 2010.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.