This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
As the NCAA Tournament approaches, the bubble gets smaller and more teams start relying on a conference tournament championship to receive their own coveted automatic bid. There have already been some surprises: Monmouth was defeated by Iona, led by senior A.J. English, a name you might not be familiar with. Both Valparaiso and Oakland – the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the Horizon Conference – were knocked out in their first games of the conference tournament and in their space for the automatic bid sits UW-Green Bay. Florida Gulf Coast earned another trip to the Big Dance as well and will look to be a huge bracket buster yet again.
With the recent turmoil in the mid-major conference tournaments, it will be interesting to see how the power conference tournaments go this weekend. Here's what's going on in the rest of the NCAA as tournaments begin to ramp up:
Malcolm Brogdon (G)
Brogdon has scored at least 17 points in six straight games, all coming after Virginia's loss to Duke on Feb. 13 that ended with a Grayson Allen buzzer-beater. He's extended and improved his range since his junior year, hitting 41 percent of his threes this season versus 34 percent last year. The star senior has dominated as the team's leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34 minutes per game, and he's led his team to a No. 2 seed in the very competitive ACC Tournament, where they'll open against Georgia Tech.