All hail the Atlantic Sun Conference.
After 52 games involving 68 teams from 31 different conferences, the little-known Atlantic Sun is the only conference that still has a perfect record in this year's NCAA tournament.
OK, so the Atlantic Sun sent only one team. But 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast is all the rage in this year's tournament, with the Eagles' cool-as-a-Florida-breeze style and big-time wins over Georgetown and San Diego State, making folks everywhere wish they were from Dunk City.
(The Atlantic Sun is getting it done in the NIT, too, with Mercer beating Tennessee in the first round.)
As for those "power" conferences, the Big Ten is living up to its hype as the country's best, the Big East was almost a Big Bust and the SEC remains a football conference.
The Big Ten is 10-3 and still has four teams playing. And, with Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan all in different regions, there's still hope for an all-Big Ten Final Four. After sending eight teams to the tournament, most of any conference, the Big East has only three left – and Marquette needed every last second to get each of its two wins. Granted, overall No. 1 seed Louisville is looking scary-good so far. But Georgetown is in the running with No. 1 seed Gonzaga for biggest disappointment, and Pittsburgh and Notre Dame looked better suited for the NIT than the NCAA.
The Atlantic Coast (Duke, Miami) has as many teams left as the Pacific-12 (Oregon, Arizona), while the SEC (Florida) and Big 12 (Kansas) have as many as the Missouri Valley Conference (Wichita State) and Atlantic 10 (La Salle).
As for the vaunted Mountain West, expected to do big things after having the toughest RPI during the regular season, it's now in the same spot as you. That would be on the couch, grumbling about its busted bracket and waiting for the next round of games to begin.