Between Friday and March 16, all 32 Division I men's basketball conferences will qualify a team to be their official entrant in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
These automatic bids (other than the Ivy League) will go to the team that manages to come out of its conference tournament unscathed, a watered-down version of what schools needed to endure during a 14- to 20-game league schedule that essentially only served as a classification round.
But while the conference tourney champ gets a nice late-season bump in prestige, the real work is done during the regular season. And it's during this time that we see just which conferences are the best of the best.
With one week of regular-season play remaining, here's our rankings of the 10 best Division I conferences.