UCLA won't watch March this time around

The Alfords, guard Bryce and coach Steve, have some help headed to Westwood this season. Mark J. Terrill-AP

"Most improved" is surely one of the most common terms in sports, and I have what I think is a fairly simple definition of the venerable phrase when it comes to college hoops:

None of the following teams played in the NCAA tournament last spring. I expect to see all five go dancing in 2017. It's fair to say this is the improvement that matters most.