NCAA Basketball Rankings: Teams Making the Most Noise Heading into March Madness

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 5, 2013

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 02:  Ryan Kelly #34 celebrates with teammate Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 2, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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This year's March Madness is just around the corner for college basketball teams and fans alike, and there's no doubt several big teams to watch.

The latest Top 25 poll from AP (per ESPN) shows several big movers in terms of the best teams around the country as we head into the biggest tournament of them all. These teams are primed for success heading into March Madness.

Which teams are making the most noise? Read on and find out.


Gonzaga (29-2, 1st overall)

It's hard not to put Gonzaga here given its dominant week and subsequent first overall standing—the first that the program has ever had.

The Bulldogs are 16-0 in the WCC this season, and with a strong showing away from home against BYU as well as a big win at home over Portland, Gonzaga has shown itself to be a clinical and dominant squad heading into March Madness.

The Bulldogs rank third in field goal percentage and ninth in points per game in the country, making them a real team to watch in the NCAA tournament.


Duke (25-4, 3rd overall)

Oh, how good it is to have Ryan Kelly back!

With its star forward back in the mix, Duke scored a huge win over the Miami Hurricanes, to extend the Blue Devils' winning streak with Kelly playing to 16-0.

They looked like a better side defensively and a much better side offensively. The Blue Devils showed that they are a genuine player once more come March Madness—especially if Kelly can go for 36 points and seven-of-nine from deep like he did against Miami.


Marquette (21-7, 15th overall)

The Golden Eagles have had a monstrous past two weeks in the college basketball scene, dramatically rising up the boards here this week because of it.

Marquette beat two ranked opponents in Syracuse and Notre Dame—winning its 25th game in a row at home in the process of that win.

The Golden Eagles might not be scoring plenty of points or posting up huge wins week in and week out, but now third in the Big East, Marquette is definitely positioning itself as a real danger team. It is one that must be watched in the run towards March Madness.


Which teams are you watching out for heading into March Madness?

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