Very like the nation’s males’s school basketball pecking order has grow to be a two-team tier atop the remainder of the sector, a lot of the massive conferences have seen a transparent delineation amongst its title contenders.
The ACC is Virginia, Florida State, and everybody else. Within the Huge East, regardless of its monthlong pause, Villanova has a three-game lead on Creighton within the loss column, and the Bluejays have struggled with consistency the final couple of weeks. Baylor is the heavy favourite within the Huge 12, with Texas behind the Bears and everybody else queuing up a long way away.
The Pac-12 would have been UCLA‘s to lose had the Bruins not allowed Oscar da Silva a layup on the buzzer in an extra time loss to Stanford — however UCLA and USC are nonetheless atop the standings. Alabama has a reasonably robust maintain on the SEC at this level, and Houston is more likely to run away with the AAC.
The Huge Ten might probably get attention-grabbing. Michigan is atop the standings and is enjoying the very best basketball of anybody within the league, however the Wolverines are usually not anticipated to play in any respect the following two weeks — and we have seen a number of groups this season come out of a coronavirus pause trying like a totally completely different group.
Might that create a chance for Iowa or Illinois or Wisconsin — or another person? A lot of the league hasn’t been capable of string collectively a constant stretch of video games, however the door may be open. If not, then a lot of the power-conference title races will look very similar to the battle on the high of the nationwide rankings: a two-team contest, at most.