The college basketball season ultimately comes down to building a resume worthy of an invitation to the Big Dance.
Players across the country walk onto the court for training camp with a primary focus to help their respective program reach the NCAA Tournament, where 68 teams have an opportunity to claim the national title.
Months of competition and surprises have set the stage for a thrilling postseason run, culminating with the Final Four in Atlanta.
Rankings become irrelevant once the tourney bracket is released, but at this point the teams listed among the Associated Press Top 25 are surefire bets to continue the 2012-13 campaign as competitors in the field of 68.
As squads wrap up conference competition and prepare for the final step toward glory, let's take stock of the nation's top-ranked teams.
We project how each Top 25 team will meet its fate, from stunning first-round upsets all the way to the award podium. Remember, these predictions were placed before the release of the official NCAA tournament bracket.