The first weeks of a new college basketball season spark optimism in coaches, players and fans alike.
For many teams, wins come fast and furious. Stats soar, playing time is distributed and life is good.
Then late December rolls around, and the schedule turns to familiar foes—conference play begins.
All of a sudden, some teams' fortunes turn significantly. Winning streaks turn into loss after loss. What was an exciting and hope-filled season turns into a exercise in futility and frustration.
The following 15 teams have opened by winning all or almost all of their games but may have a tough time when they begin to play their conference slates.