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College Basketball: The Sweet and Sour Week of March 5th

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIMarch 4, 2012

College Basketball: The Sweet and Sour Week of March 5th

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    The college basketball regular season has come to an end, providing us with plenty to talk about as we make the transition into the postseason.

    This is the time of the season where teams look to get hot, and anything else can derail all of the hard work put in thus far.

    Here is a look at some of the teams trending either up or down heading into the conference tournaments.

Sweet: North Carolina Tarheels

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    Currently riding a seven-game winning streak—capped off by a blowout victory against Maryland and exacting revenge on the road against Duke—North Carolina looks to capitalize on late-season momentum similar to UConn's run last season.

    The major difference is that this Tarheels team is widely considered one of the most-talented in the country, and they are starting to justify that hype.

Sour: Michigan State Spartans

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    Just last week, Michigan State was sitting pretty and on the verge of solidifying a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament had they finished out the season with wins against Indiana and Ohio State.

    One week and two losses later, will trending downward be enough to derail all of the hard work the Spartans have put in this season?

Sweet: Creighton Bluejays

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    Since a three-game losing streak at the beginning of February took the steam out of Creighton's Cinderella season—and took team leader Doug McDermott out of National Player of the Year discussion—the Bluejays have rattled off seven straight while capturing the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

    Not sure they are capable of a Butler-type run, but Creighton is definitely a candidate to pull off an upset or two.

Sour: Florida Gators

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    Currently riding a three-game, double-digit losing streak, Florida is headed in the wrong direction going into the postseason.

    The inconsistent play doesn't bode well for the Gators, and the recent losses will more than likely result in an unfavorable draw, making a sustained NCAA tournament run improbable.

Sweet: Murray State Racers

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    All the talk about their one loss potentially ruining an NCAA Tournament bid is now obsolete, as Murray State won the Ohio Valley conference tournament by avenging that single loss with a victory over Tennessee State.

    Led by Isaiah Canaan, Murray State has reeled off seven-straight wins and is in prime position to make a run during the NCAA Tournament.

Sour: Duke Blue Devils

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    The home loss to a similarly ranked rival shouldn't be that big of a deal. However, the way in which it happened should be alarming.

    Duke has been playing with fire all season long with questionable losses (Temple, Florida State, and Miami) and other close games, indicating that their 26-5 record is more of a mirage of good fortune, rather than a result of proper execution.

    Contact Jeremy at jeremy@popflyboys.com, follow him on Twitter @KCPopFlyBoy, and read more at popflyboys.com

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