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The home stretch of the NCAA season is upon us. We are less than one month away from Selection Sunday and the excitement surrounding the season is building. Let’s take a look at the best conference races across the nation.
The ACC is a three horse race between Duke, Virginia and North Carolina. Duke is currently atop with an 11-1 conference record. Virginia and North Carolina both have 2 losses and Duke and UNC both still have to play each other twice. Duke has handed Virginia both of its losses thus far. It should be an interesting last few weeks in the ACC.
There are realistically five teams that can win the Big 12. Kansas State (9-3), Texas Tech (9-4), Kansas (9-4), Iowa State (8-4), and Baylor (7-5). This is the year someone can finally knock off Kansas in the Big 12. Every game the rest of the year for these teams hold HUGE implications in the conference race.
The Big Ten is one of the deepest conferences this year and it has been proven in conference play. The conference has the highest rating on KenPom and has 3 teams Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue that control their own destiny with 3 losses in the conference. Michigan and Michigan State still have 2 games against each other. Those games everyone should mark on their calendar.
*insert dumpster fire gif*. The MAAC has been a mess this season. Quinnipiac and Canisius are atop of the conference right now with 9-5 records. There are only 2 teams in the whole conference that have winning records overall this season! There are 6 teams within 2 games back of the leaders of the conference. Anyone can beat anyone any night in the MAAC. Throw a dart at the wall to guess who will wind up winning the MAAC.
Drake, Loyola Chicago, and Missouri State all are tied atop the MVC with 9-5 records. Don’t sleep on Bradley, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, or Northern Iowa who are all tied up at 7-7 and are within striking distance of the leaders. The rest of the year will be very intriguing to watch play out. Arch Madness this year will be the wild west in March.
LSU and Tennessee are tied atop the standings both at 11-1. The matchup between the 2 on February 23rd should decide who wins the conference. Don’t discount Kentucky though. They took down Tennessee last week and could sneak into the top if LSU stumbles and they knock off Tennessee again on March 2nd.