The Big Dance tips off a week from Tuesday, and the best teams in college hoops are jockeying for position in conference tournament action. A big finish for a Top 25 squad—and the accompanying favorable seed—could make all the difference between a second-round upset and a trip to the Final Four.
Some teams have a lot more reason for confidence heading into those crucial league tourney games than others. Red-hot Ohio State has won five in a row in Big Ten play, knocking off both Michigan State and Indiana in the past 20 days.
Read on for more on the streaking Buckeyes and the rest of this week’s AP Top 25 squads, including some who are running out of gas at the worst possible time.