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Bubble Teams with the Most to Gain in the Conference Tournaments

The Bubble Watch resumes as major conference tourneys begin
Bubble Teams with the Most to Gain in the Conference Tournaments

The NCAA selection committee likes to remind us that a team’s entire body of work is being judged on Selection Sunday.

Why, then, does it seem that last impressions matter every season?

The conference tournaments give every team another chance to prove why they’re worthy of an NCAA Tournament slot or show why they were on the bubble in the first place.

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College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

Wichita State and Virginia are surging, Kentucky and others are sinking
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know March 3

The first weekend in March was not a bad way to start the greatest five weeks in the college basketball season.

Wichita State wrapped up an undefeated regular season. Virginia came a little closer to winning the ACC. Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky — all preseason top five teams — looked completely out of sorts.

In other words, unpredictability reigns.

More unlikely storylines are sure to occur as conference tournaments start later this week in most of the traditional one-bid leagues.

Profiling Oklahoma State: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Pokes have Marcus Smart back and key games ahead
Profiling Oklahoma State: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Expectations have changed drastically in Stillwater in the last two months.

What looked like a team that would challenge Kansas’ reign atop the Big 12 at the start of the season is now fighting for an NCAA Tournament spot.

Drawing a first-round bye in the conference tournament, earning an NCAA Tournament bid and winning a game once in the field is now one of the most optimistic prospects for the Cowboys.

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big 12

Oklahoma's duo brings consistency to league full of surprises
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big 12 in 2014

The Big 12 has not been short on surprises in the last year.

On the football side, a league that appeared to have few top 10-caliber programs in the preseason produced one that spent much of the season there (Baylor) and another that finished there by defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma).

In basketball, Kansas, as usual, is atop the standings, but the league has shown impressive depth with teams like Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State all surprising through the course of the year.

Weekly Tipoff: Which Team Has You Flip-Flopping Your Opinion?

Weekly Tipoff: Which Team Has You Flip-Flopping Your Opinion?

This regular season has been unusually unpredictable, especially when it comes to .

Athlon Sports isn’t above changing it’s opinions based on more games and more of the season. For better or worse, three teams have caused us to recalibrate what we think of each program this season.

Fan Shoving Incident Tarnishes Difficult Season for Marcus Smart

Confrontation further clouds season for All-America contender
Fan Shoving Incident Tarnishes Difficult Season for Marcus Smart

In an interview before the season, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart said Texas Tech was his .

“The atmosphere just isn’t there,” he said.

On Saturday, the atmosphere at Texas Tech was too much.

College Basketball Key Stats of the Week

Cincinnati, Kilpatrick among the models of consistency
College Basketball Key Stats of the Week: Feb. 5

This is the stage of the season where every coach starts to dread the unexpected.

More or less, we know what to expect from top teams around the country. Of course, there will be upsets and surprises, but for the most part we can count on the good teams to more often than not put a consistent team on the court.

Just take Cincinnati, even if this isn't a team that’s not many people’s idea of a title contender. But the Bearcats have been consistent in at least one way by putting the same five players on the court for every game.

10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend

Michigan, Duke come up with statement wins
10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend Jan. 27

The weekend of college basketball delivered only one true marquee matchup, but the weekend didn't lack for news. Although Michigan and Michigan State delivered in every way we hoped it would, other teams made key strides on Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s start with Michigan, now the last remaining team undefeated in Big Ten play. Michigan State gave all it could, but the Spartans’ injuries in the end were too much to overcome.

Big 12 Basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Oklahoma State, Kansas not alone in race for Big 12 title
Big 12 Basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Could there be room for a third or fourth team in the two-team race for the Big 12 title?

The return of Marcus Smart to Oklahoma State and the arrival of Andrew Wiggins at Kansas appeared to set up those two programs atop the Big 12 this season.

One thing is clear in the Big 12 so far: It won’t be that easy. Fred Hoiberg is again working his magic at Iowa State where transfers and an up-tempo offense have the Cyclones undefeated. After a win over Kentucky, Baylor is back on the upswing after an NIT appearance last season.

College Basketball's Top Players for 2013-14

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