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Daily March Madness Tracker: Reasons for optimism after Michigan-Michigan State

Michigan has case for No. 1, Michigan State's slide, Virginia's puzzling week
<p> Daily March Madness Tracker: Reasons for optimism after Michigan-Michigan State</p>

Now that the calendar has turned to March, fans of bubble teams may be refreshing web sites of their favorite bracketologists.

As college basketball’s regular season and conference tournament season nears a close, Athlon Sports will keep you up to date on the key developments through the week. Each day brings key developments for the NCAA Tournament, so in this space, we’ll update which teams look to be in the field, which might be playing themselves out as well as the key games of the day.

Daily March Madness Tracker: Virginia off the bubble, Gonzaga a No. 1?

Virginia's bizarre resume gets a boost, Gonzaga has case for No. 1 seed, plus a weekend preview
<p> Daily Bubble Watch and NCAA Tournament Tracker: Virginia seals bid?</p>

Now that the calendar has turned to March, fans of bubble teams may be refreshing web sites of their favorite bracketologists.

As college basketball’s regular season and conference tournament season nears a close, Athlon Sports will keep you up to date on the key developments through the week. Each day brings key developments for the NCAA Tournament, so in this space, we’ll update which teams look to be in the field, which might be playing themselves out as well as the key games of the day.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Gonzaga, Georgetown make moves

Neither Gonzaga nor Georgetown have lost since Jan. 19, both enter top five of our rankings
<p> Neither Gonzaga nor Georgetown have lost since Jan. 19, both enter top five of our power rankings.</p>

For most of the season, the college basketball power rankings have been fairly consistent at the top: Two or three teams from the Big Ten, a team or two from the state of Florida, maybe Duke and/or Kansas every now and then.

Some of those trends remained true this week with Indiana and Michigan taking the top two spots and Miami sitting at No. 5. But the top four has a few newcomers.

College Basketball Bracket Update: Big 12, Tourney implications for Kansas, Oklahoma State

Conference frontrunner status is on the line in the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and more
<p> Conference frontrunner status is on the line in the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and more</p>

A wild college basketball season has an eventful week ahead of it.

Entering Tuesday, 11 conferences had ties atop their leagues -- either outright ties or teams tied in the wins or losses column. And these aren’t obscure conferences either: The Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and Mountain West are all crowded at the top.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Indiana, Michigan State square for top three matchup

Michigan State moves into the top three. Could Sparty claim No. 1 this week?
<p> College Basketball Power Rankings: Indiana, Michigan State square for top three matchup</p>

Another week, another Big Ten showdown with national implications.

With a five-game win streak including last week’s 75-52 rout of Michigan, Michigan State has gone from sneaky Final Four contender to potential No. 1 seed. The Spartans, who moved from No. 9 to No. 3 in our rankings this week, will have their chance to test that in their second meeting with Indiana this season.

10 Amazing College Basketball Stats: Feb. 4-10

Miami's bid for No. 1, Notre Dame's marathon win over Louisville highlight week
<p> Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Feb. 4-10</p>

The most important number of the week may as well be five: As in five overtimes to settle Notre Dame’s win over Louisville in the longest game since UConn and Syracuse played six OTs in the Big East quarterfinals in 2009.

The first 40 minutes crawled along with only 120 points in regulation before Notre Dame walked away with a 104-101 win in the final 25 minutes.

NCAA Tournament Report Card: Illinois, in or out?

Illinois' upset of Indiana boosted the Illini's resume for March. Was it enough?
<p> NCAA Touranment Report Card: Did Illinois' upset of Indiana on Thursday push the Illini off the bubble and into the field?</p>

Throughout the final months of the college basketball season, Athlon Sports will take a quick snapshot of key movers in the potential NCAA field. Who's moving up? Who's moving down? Who's on the bubble and who's off? What can we expect in the coming days from these teams?

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