Mids to keep an eye on this season

ESPN.com experts note some of the mid-majors to watch this season.

Updated: November 11, 2005, 3:55 PM ET
By ESPN.com experts

Who has the best chance of become this season's Wisconsin-Milwaukee? Our experts provide three mid-majors to watch:

Bilas' three mid-majors

1. Western Kentucky
With a tough opening slate, the Hilltoppers have an opportunity to gain some attention early -- and the talent to win their way into the NCAA Tournament late. WKU has Anthony Winchester, who can really shoot it and is a good guard rebounder; Tennessee transfer Elgrace Wilborn, who is an athletic shot-blocker and rebounder; and athletic Courtney Lee.

2. Old Dominion
There is little discussion over the best team in the Colonial this season. Hands down, it is Blaine Taylor's experienced and talented squad at ODU. The Monarchs have five of the best players in the league, including Alex Loughton, the Colonial Player of the Year. ODU showed it was capable of competing with any big shot in the country last year, and this year, Taylor's veterans should feel more comfortable thinking bigger.

3. Ohio
Tim O'Shea's stars were young last year, but he still guided the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament. Now, with more experience and seasoning, Ohio should be even better. Leon Williams is productive and fearless; Jeremy Fears can run a team and score; Sonny Troutman is a threat; and Mychal Green can shoot it. However, being better in the MAC is not enough -- Ohio has to be tougher, too.