The Florida Gators' last loss came back on December 2 against the Connecticut Huskies.
The Gators followed that loss up with solid wins over Kansas and Memphis that began their current 20-game winning streak. With seniors Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin leading a talented young team, Florida looks to have the right combination of experience and talent to make a deep run this year.
In addition to taking over the No. 1 spot in the polls this week, Florida also has the top spot on the March Madness betting odds at 5/1 to win the championship.
The Syracuse Orange (15/2 to win the NCAA Tournament) have not been sharp in the second half of February, narrowly escaping with wins against North Carolina State and Maryland and losing to Boston College and Duke.
Still, Syracuse's recent slump shouldn't erase a 25-0 SU start to the season, and if the Orange can re-find their form they could still make a deep run.
With Tuesday night's win over Bradley, the Wichita State Shockers became the first team in college basketball history to start a regular season off 30-0 SU. Wichita State's soft competition makes the Shockers a hard team to gauge, but it looks pretty clear at this point that last year's Final Four run was no fluke.
The Shockers are going off at 12/1 on the latest March Madness odds to win it all.
Duke (8/1), Kansas (8/1), and Kentucky (14/1) are all contenders thanks to their incredible collections of young talent. Duke seems to be rounding into form just in time for the tournament with a 10-2 SU and 8-3-1 ATS record over its last 12 games including a 66-60 win over Syracuse last Saturday.
Bettors looking for value on the March Madness odds may find some in Michigan State (17/2) or Arizona (11/1). Neither team has been in great form recently with Arizona losing two of its last four games on the road and Michigan State going 5-5 SU and ATS over its last 10 games.
But despite that, both of these teams are built for tournament success, and could win the Championship when on their games.
Other potential contenders from top sportsbooks on the March Madness betting lines include Wisconsin (22/1), Creighton (25/1), Michigan (25/1), Virginia (25/1), and Villanova (28/1).