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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.

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.

10 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Feb. 18-24

Georgetown's Otto Porter enters National Player of the Year discussion with effort vs. Syracuse
<p> Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Feb. 18-24</p>

These days, it takes a special effort to defeat Syracuse or Colorado State on their home courts.

The Orange and the Rams have owned their arenas, with home winning streaks of 38 and 27 games, respectively. Both of those streaks ended Saturday thanks to dominating performances from two players.

College basketball freshman of the year: Bennett, McLemore, Smart enter the debate

With Nerlens Noel hurt, freshmen from Kansas, Oklahoma State and UNLV step to the forefront
<p> College basketball freshman of the year: Bennett, McLemore, Smart enter the debate</p>

Like just about everything else this college basketball season, the National Freshman of the Year race is a bit of a mess.

A week ago, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel could have been considered a frontrunner, not only for the top freshman, but also the National Defensive Player of the Year. His season-ending injury likely takes him out of the running.

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.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma in Big 12 race

Back in NCAA Tournament contention, the Cowboys and Sooners meet in key Bedlam basketball matchup
<p> College Basketball Weekend Preview: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma in Big 12 race</p>

If the Big 12 goes through Kansas, the Oklahoma schools might be in good shape.

A three-game losing streak for the Jayhawks has flipped the Big 12 race around, leaving the Cowboys and Sooners, who both defeated KU, as two of the biggest beneficiaries.

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