This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Have we entered a new era of college basketball? The prevalence of social media has led to more exposure for the "Cinderella" squads, and fewer and fewer no-names and surprises. We had a No. 11 seed in Loyola-Chicago make the Final Four last season. The Ramblers won't take anyone by surprise this March if they make the Big Dance. Ja Morant of Murray State is a surefire NBA lottery pick and has been featured in the media more than any other college baller not named Zion Williamson this year. He's arguably the most well-known player from the Ohio Valley Conference we've ever seen. We can rattle off the names of elite scorers like Mike Daum of South Dakota State, Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra, and Chris Clemons of Campbell with little to no research. Furthermore, this will be the first NCAA Tournament since the impossible became possible; a No. 16 seed defeating a No. 1 seed. Was UMBC's stunner over Virginia simply a perfect storm? Is there more parity than ever in college basketball, or was last season just an aberration? Will the tournament be flipped on its head, or will there be a return to the so-called "norm"?
We will get some answers to these questions shortly. However, let's get to March Madness first. Let's take a look at some impact players as we head into the end of the regular season in this week's College Hoops Barometer.
Braxton Huggins, G, Fresno State - The New Mexico State transfer