Teams across the country are practicing, preparing and priming themselves for the new season, which the annual Midnight Madness helps tip off. What five things are we most looking forward to when the ball goes up?
The Cardinal coasted to their ninth Elite Eight in 11 years against Penn State, while North Carolina ground out an upset over top-seed South Carolina.
North Carolina became the second No. 4 seed to topple a top seed Sunday, beating South Carolina for the second time this season to reach the Elite Eight.
A young North Carolina team scored one of its biggest wins of the season in December when it handed South Carolina its first loss. Sunday, the rivals meet in the Sweet 16.
Young squads from South Carolina and North Carolina clash in the Sweet 16, while second-seeded Stanford looks to rediscover its Maples magic against Penn State.
Top-seeded South Carolina didn't give Oregon State a chance to even get going as the Gamecocks dominated from the opening tip to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.
We'll never have a tournament bracket about which all 64 teams are happy. This year is no different. Here are some of the winners and losers out of Monday's draw.
Michelle Smith previews and predicts the champ for the American, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC conference tournaments.
Not to be outdone by dunks, Duke or Dawn Staley, Nneka Ogwumike's 39 points put Stanford into the Elite Eight.
Coaches are sometimes reluctant to be completely honest with star players. That, however, was never an issue between Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley.
Three of the region's top four seeds will clash in the Sweet 16, where St. John's just might be primed for an upset.
There's a lot to watch in the new year, from second-year players who have been first-rate to Dawn Staley's surging Gamecocks.