By Tracy Schultz
Connecticut has taken all the guesswork out of the Big East, beating everyone by 34 points a game. Other conference races aren't so easy to figure out. Three of the biggest conferences are still tough to call. That's what makes them so interesting to watch.
ACC – North Carolina is fifth and Florida State -- Florida State! -- is in first place. FSU also only lost to UConn by 12 points. Since that defeat, the Seminoles have won eight straight thanks to a balanced offense that includes four players averaging at least 10 points a game and stingy defense that allows just 59.7. That balance carried them to a 82-75 overtime win over Duke on Thursday.
Don't give the league to title to Florida State just yet. The Seminoles face a Maryland team that is coming off a win over North Carolina and with just one league loss is playing about as well as anyone.
Big 12 – Oklahoma has made it past the biggest contenders, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas State. Yet, you still get the feeling the conference title is far from decided. Perhaps, it's because nearly half the league is in the Top 25. And the Sooners still have to get past most of those teams again.
To hang onto the top spot, they'll likely have to accomplish something they didn't last season – sweeps. Oklahoma split with most of the South and lost both meetings with Baylor, which sits a game behind in second place along with Kansas State.
SEC – With a 20-0 start, including a win over Tennessee, Auburn appeared ready to run away with the SEC crown. That was before falling to a Georgia team that has had its share of struggles this season. The Tigers are still in first place, but they now are tied with Florida and Vanderbilt.
Having already beaten Florida, Auburn's title quest should come down to a trip to Vandy next month.