This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
In some ways, it is miraculous that college basketball's regular season has almost been completed. There has been a bevy of cancellations; the sheer number of programs made this a Herculean task. Still, with March lurking around the corner, it appears most programs will have enough of a resume to warrant legitimate discussions on inclusion or exclusion in the NCAA Tournament.
The participants and seeding, though, may look different than what college hoops fans are used to. Baylor is poised to win the regular season title in the Big 12; the Bears have never won the conference's regular season crown. Michigan State will not have even a share of the Big Ten regular season crown for the first time since 2017; in fact, the Spartans may not make the big dance at all. Surprisingly, Duke has not won a regular season championship in the ACC since 2010; the Blue Devils will be lucky to even make the tournament at this rate. USC could come away with the regular season title in the Pac-12; the Trojans have not won even a share of the conference crown since the 1984-1985 campaign. Barring an epic collapse down the stretch, Alabama is going to win its first SEC regular season championship since 2002. Meanwhile, unless Kentucky wins its conference tournament, the Wildcats will likely miss March Madness for the first time since 2013.
Regular season championships do not necessarily have a correlation to how the team plays in the NCAA Tournament, or even in