Conference play is well underway throughout NCAA basketball, and there are some unexpected teams holding on to first place in some of the country’s biggest leagues. It’s another question entirely, however, whether the likes of Oregon and Miami can stay atop the standings through the next six weeks of action.
Nowhere is the finish looking tighter than in the Big East, where No. 4 Syracuse overtook No. 5 Louisville with a thrilling win on the Cardinals’ home floor. Will the Orange hold on, or will the Cards and the rest of a talented conference field take them down by season’s end?
Herein, projections for the favorites in all six power conferences, along with other key teams to watch in the races for the country’s biggest regular-season crowns.