If you're like me, this is best time of the year for sports! And because few people have the time to follow all the college basketball teams, you may need to brush up a little on your knowledge; here are some resources to do just that.
For statistics, no site is better than Ken Pomeroy's KenPom.com! He provides a wealth of information on each team and ranks teams by their efficiency on offense and defense, with no regard to whether they win or lose. It shouldn't be the only site to consult, but as an example, Ken currently has Big 10 tournament finaslist Illinois ranked 36th, when they aren't on the radar anywhere else.
Speaking of Ken Pomeroy, he writes periodically for BasketballProspectus.com, which has some excellent articles with great insight into the game. John Gassaway, formerly the "Big Ten Wonk," also writes for the site.
Another great site for rankings is Jeff Sagarin's site, which routinely makes better picks in the tournament than the RPI!
And if you're looking for that small conference team that could make a run, you should check out Kyle Whelliston's MidMajority.com, where he focuses almost exclusively on the "little guys."
I'll blog later on some of my picks, once the brackets are announced!