March Madness 2012: North Carolina and Teams Thriving in March

Justin KeithCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 09:  Reggie Bullock #35, Tyler Zeller #44, Kendall Marshall #5 and Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels react during their game against the Maryland Terrapins during the Quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Philips Arena on March 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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March is the undoubtedly most important month for college basketball teams around the country.

If teams can get hot heading into their conference tournaments, they could use that momentum to help carry them deep into the NCAA tourney.

North Carolina has been accumulated valuable confidence through March thus far, and they seem poised for a another matchup with Duke in the ACC Championship Final.

The only thing that could perhaps slow the Tar Heel run, is the recent injury to big man John Henson, who suffered a wrist injury in yesterday's game.

However the Tar Heels are deep enough to fill the void Henson leaves until he returns to form while recovering.

As long as Henson is back for the NCAA tournament, North Carolina has all the pieces to make a run at a National Championship.

North Carolina isn't the only team streaking, however. Here are some more teams that have gotten hot:


Ohio State

Since their loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 26th, Ohio State has one three straight games and find themselves in a great position to win the Big Ten Conference Championship.

By winning their conference, Ohio State could enter the discussion of a potential No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament.

Star Jared Sullinger has led the Buckeyes to 26 victories this season with the help of guard William Buford. The two form a formidable 1-2 punch in the Buckeye lineup that will hard to match for the opposition.



By winning their fourth straight game yesterday against Indiana, Wisconsin has set themselves up nicely for a run in the NCAA tournament.

The Badgers have earned quality wins over Ohio State and Indiana during the streak and can really boost their confidence with a win over Michigan State today.

Wisconsin will rely on their stingy defense to help them get past the more high-flying and flashy offenses that will come their way as they get into the thick of March Madness.



Kentucky is the definition of a hot team.

The Wildcats have only suffered one loss this season, a loss to Indiana on a last-second shot way back on Dec. 10.

Kentucky has been the consensus No. 1 team most of the season and have dominated teams so far in March.

After overcoming a tough Florida team Saturday, there are no signs that the powerhouse that is the Kentucky Wildcats, will slow down any time soon. Bad news for the rest of college basketball.