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Winners and losers from college basketball's conference championship week

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Conference tournament week has been chaotic this year, with close to half of the No. 1 seeds getting upset and several top-tier programs being forced to end their tournaments to meet COVID-19 protocols. 

With Selection Sunday right on the horizon, we have seen teams bolster their NCAA Tournament profiles, while others have damaged theirs. Projected seeding lines have been in constant fluctuation. 

Which teams have used the final week to hit their stride for March Madness? And which teams are drifting in the opposite direction? 

The biggest winners and losers from championship week: 

Winners

Texas. The Longhorns (19-7) started the season off hot at 10-1. Then they hit a skid midway through the season. Now, they’re back to being hot. Coach Shaka Smart’s team won its sixth game in a row with a 91-86 victory over a similarly surging Oklahoma State team in the Big 12 Tournament final. Texas didn’t get to play Kansas in the semifinal because the Jayhawks were forced to drop out because of a COVID-19 positive test, so that likely overshadowed how much this team is hitting its stride. This win likely vaults Texas up to a No. 3 seed. 

Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones (1) celebrates with forward Kai Jones (22) and forward Greg Brown (4) after scoring against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the first half at T-Mobile Center.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets (17-8) took down Florida State 80-75 to claim the ACC tournament title Saturday. It’s just the latest evidence that this is one of the hottest teams in the country. Georgia Tech, once a bubble team, is now a safe No. 9 seed thanks to winning their last nine games. 

Illinois: The Fighting Illini (22-6) solidified their No. 1 seed by dispatching Iowa 82-71 to reach the Big Ten tournament final. It also positions Illinois to make a statement as the league’s best team as March Madness begins, thanks to Michigan falling. Coach Brad Underwood is a national coach-of-the-year nominee, while Ayo Dosunmu is a national player-of-the-year candidate.



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