This is the time of year college basketball fans eagerly await. Madness has already begun with some of the smaller conference tournaments taking place, but the end of the regular season has now set the stage for everyone else to join in on the fun.
Considering the volume of upsets we have already seen this year, who knows what is in store for conference tournament week? This also means the end of the AP Top 25 rankings, at least in relevance, for the rest of the year.
There really wasn't a lot of movement at the top of the rankings this week. Gonzaga has made it to the finals of the West Coast Conference tournament against Saint Mary's on Monday night. A No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament seems like a lock, but a loss could change everything.
Duke made a statement in its last game of the regular season, destroying North Carolina, 69-53, at the Dean Smith Center. That 16-point margin of victory is a lot closer than this game actually was.
Indiana captured its first Big Ten regular-season championship in 20 years with a thrilling victory over Michigan. That came just days after the Hoosiers dropped a game against Ohio State on Tuesday.
Among teams really slumping heading into the tournament, Syracuse can't seem to figure out what to do against the good teams in the Big East. Jim Boeheim's crew lost four of its last five games, including a 61-39 drubbing at Georgetown on Saturday.
But that is what makes March such a great time in college basketball. Even when a team struggles down the stretch in the regular season, all it takes is one great week in the conference tournament to set it on the path to a national championship.
Here is a look at the AP Top 25 rankings for the week of March 11-17.
|WEEK 19 AP TOP 25 RANKINGS|
|8. Michigan State|
|10. Ohio State|
|11. Kansas State|
|14. Oklahoma State|
|15. New Mexico|
|16. Saint Louis|
|24. Notre Dame|