The college basketball regular season is nearing its close and as we head toward conference tournaments and ultimately the NCAA tournament, the contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. But with only a month to play, there is no clear favorite to take home a national championship in March.
As the NCAA tournament selection committee nears its day in the spotlight, the focus tends to shift toward teams on the bubble solidifying their resumes with hopes of sneaking into the big show.
With the current revolving door of teams at the top of the polls, however, conference play has also been a major barometer for teams hoping to establish their position as a title contender.
These nine teams have shown the guts so far this season needed to make a deep run in March.