Hoosiers, Spartans tough

Shannon Ryan

Chicago Tribune

I'm tempted to say "all of them."

In this topsy-turvy never-know-what's-coming college basketball season it seems like everyone has a chance. This is a season in which five No. 1 teams have been displaced in five consecutive weeks after all. But by looking critically at the season, I'll give weight to teams that are consistent and have been warming up recently.

Indiana fits the former, Michigan State fits the latter. Both teams have all the right ingredients in terms of personnel. The Spartans have been battle tested and are peaking.

Other teams that I would say have a legitimate chance are Miami, Gonzaga, Duke, Florida and Michigan. But the way this season goes, nothing would shock me.


Plenty of contenders

David Teel

Daily Press

From Arizona to the Zags, the group of legitimate national title contenders runs from A to Z and darn near every letter between.

Indiana confirmed favorite status with Tuesday's victory at Michigan State, but the Hoosiers could easily stumble next week at Minnesota. Miami is unbeaten in the ACC and has won 14 straight, but the Hurricanes lost to Florida Gulf Coast.

It has been that type of season, in which any one of 20-25 teams could celebrate in Atlanta on April 8. This includes usual suspects such as Florida, Kansas, Duke and Louisville, not to mention recent Final Four crashers Butler and VCU.

Lack of such pedigree notwithstanding, Miami, Gonzaga and New Mexico are capable of six-game championship runs as well.


No clear-cut favorite

Matt Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

There's no clear-cut favorite going into the final month before Selection Sunday, meaning there are a few teams with a chance to capture a title.