1. The Big Ten is having a terrible year.
The league has claimed six of the last 16 Final Four berths, but thanks to subpar seasons by Indiana and Michigan State, the Big Ten has just two ranked teams—No. 20 Illinois and No. 24 Purdue.
2. Troy Bell has rediscovered his game.
Boston College's 6'1" senior guard was widely criticized when the Eagles lost six of eight games in December and January. But through Sunday the Eagles had won five of their last six, improving their Big East record to 6-5 (13-9 overall), and Bell's 25.1 points a game led the league and was fourth in the nation.
3. Watch out for Tennessee.
The Vols have the SEC's leading scorer in Ron Slay (21.8 points a game) and have been giant-slayers of late. The Vols' 66-59 upset of No. 4 Florida last Saturday was their sixth straight win, putting them in third place in the SEC's East Division with a 7-3 record (15-6 overall).