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The cardboard sign that Florida players held up following their final regular-season game summed up the team's aspirations perfectly: 18-0 and More to Go.

The Gators became the fourth team in the past 15 years to go undefeated in a power conference following an 84-65 victory Saturday against Kentucky.

Yet the No. 1 team in the country knows the madness has hardly begun.

BRACKET BRIEFING: 5 teams with something to prove

BRACKETOLOGY: Projecting the field of 68

Florida is one of many teams to quickly reset its sights on the postseason, which continues this week with major conference tournaments tipping off.

USA TODAY Sports' Scott Gleeson provides a championship week primer guide.

RELATED: Previewing the smaller conferences

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Atlantic Coast Conference

  • Best potential semifinal matchup: No. 2 seed Syracuse vs. No. 3 seed Duke. If both win their quarterfinal matchups, we could see Round 3 of one of the most exciting showdowns: Round 1 was an overtime classic won by Syracuse at home on Feb. 1; Round 2, won by Duke at home on Feb. 22, featured Jim Boeheim's tirade and ejection. (Saturday)
  • Best championship scenario: No. 3 seed Duke vs. No. 4 seed North Carolina. What could be better? (Sunday)

Big 12

  • Best potential quarterfinal matchup: No. 8 seed Oklahoma State vs. No. 1 seed Kansas. If the Cowboys win their opening-round game, it could set up a rematch of the March 1 showdown won by the Cowboys in court-storming fashion. It also would lend itself to another Marcus Smart- Andrew Wiggins individual matchup. (Thursday)
  • Best championship scenario: No. 3 seed Texas vs. No. 1 seed Kansas. The teams split the regular-season series, and although the Longhorns aren't as hot as they were when they beat the Jayhawks on Feb. 1, they have one of the best chances to knock off the regular-season champ on a neutral court. (Saturday)

Big Ten

  • Best potential semifinal matchup: No. 2 seed Wisconsin vs. No. 3 seed Michigan State. Teams with Final Four potential face off, assuming each wins its quarterfinal matchup. The Badgers and Spartans played once in the regular season, with Wisconsin narrowly winning at home. (Saturday)
  • Best championship scenario: Michigan vs. Michigan State. The in-state rivalry belonged to the regular-season champion Wolverines this season, but it's always tough to beat teams three times, especially on a neutral court. (Sunday).

Pac-12

  • Best quarterfinal matchup: No. 7 seed Oregon vs. No. 2 seed UCLA. If the Ducks win their opening-round game against Oregon State, it could set up a pivotal clash of teams trying to climb the NCAA tournament seeding ladder. A Feb. 27 matchup (won by Oregon) went to double overtime. (Thursday)
  • Best championship scenario: Oregon vs. No. 1 seed Arizona. The Ducks, winners of seven in a row, upset the Wildcats on Saturday and a rematch could be in the works. (Sunday)

AWARDS : All-Americans, Coach of the Year

THE BIG LEAD: Major conference tournament previews

MAJOR TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWNS

— Forecasting the outcomes for each major conference tourney

American Athletic Conference

  • Dates: March 12-15.
  • Sites:FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.
  • What to expect: Louisville and Cincinnati tied for a share of the AAC regular-season title and both teams, led by All-American candidates Russ Smith and Sean Kilpatrick, will be positioned to meet for a third time in the championship as the top two seeds. But Southern Methodist, Connecticut and Memphis all have the weaponry to go on a title run, while the bottom half of a top-heavy league doesn't stand a chance. The Mustangs, in Year 2 of hall of fame coach Larry Brown's rebuilding project, have beaten every team but Louisville and can make a statement heading into the NCAAs. UConn's Shabazz Napier is one of the best players in the country and could spearhead the Huskies on a title run.
  • Who wins: SMU

Atlantic Coast Conference

  • Dates: March 12-16
  • Sites: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
  • What to expect: Virginia rattled off 13 consecutive wins to capture the regular-season ACC crown. One team the Cavaliers didn't beat was Duke, which could likely face another showdown against Syracuse if both teams win their quarterfinal matchups. Syracuse has been under a microscope since its 25-0 start ended — the Orange lost four of its last six, but with Jerami Grant in the lineup the team's offense isn't as vulnerable as there's less pressure on All-America candidates Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair. The versatile tandem of Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood helped the Blue Devils beat North Carolina in the final game of the regular season and if the duo can continue to carry the load, it'll be tough for any ACC team to beat Duke. As for the sleeper picks, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and Florida State all will have postseason implications on the line and N.C. State might have the best chance of pulling off multiple upsets behind explosive scorer T.J. Warren.
  • Who wins: Duke

Big East

  • Dates: March 12-15.
  • Sites: Madison Square Garden, New York
  • What to expect: Villanova was able to win the league's inaugural season as a basketball only conference but the Wildcats didn't do so by getting past Creighton, falling twice to the Bluejays by blowout margins. In order for 'Nova to get a rematch with the Doug McDermott-led Bluejays, it'll take both teams getting past a flurry of win-hungry bubble teams. Villanova will have to face the winner of St. John's and Providence in a quarterfinal matchup and both of those teams likely need to beat the Wildcats to secure an at-large bid to the NCAAs. Second-ranked Creighton will likely draw Georgetown in the quarterfinals and the Bluejays struggled in a March 4 loss to the Hoyas. The guard tandem of Markel Starks and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera can carry Georgetown on a surprise run.
  • Who wins: Georgetown.

Big Ten

  • Dates: March 13-16.
  • Sites: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
  • What to expect: Behind a potent offense and the hot shooting of Nik Stauskas, Michigan captured the regular-season Big Ten title. But in a year filled with parity and injuries, it could be tough to follow that up with a tournament championship. If a close-to-healthy Michigan State can get things together chemistry-wise, the Spartans have the best team in the conference. But the conservative, safe bet in this unpredictable league would be a defensively-sound Wisconsin squad, although Bo Ryan's Badgers could face seventh-seeded Minnesota, a bubble team in need of a marquee victory, in the quarterfinals. Iowa is a team with something to prove, having lost five of its last six games. Led by Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White, the veteran-laden Hawkeyes have a potent offense (sixth nationally in points a game) but the defense has been a different story (ranking 183rd nationally).
  • Who wins: Wisconsin.

Big 12

  • Dates: March 12-15.
  • Sites: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
  • What to expect: Kansas won its 10th consecutive regular-season Big 12 Conference title but was far from perfect on its path to doing so. When at full strength, the Jayhawks have Final Four potential behind freshmen stars Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, although Embiid will miss the conference tournament with a back injury. Without him, much of the offensive load falls on Wiggins (he had 41 points in KU's regular season finale loss vs. WVU). Oklahoma State's seven-game skid led to a No. 8 seed in the tournament, but then pits the Cowboys against the Jayhawks for an enticing quarterfinal. Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State all earned higher seeds in the tournament but injuries, suspensions and confidence swings are in the past so it wouldn't be surprising to see a team like Baylor or Oklahoma State win four games en route to a championship. That's especially true for OSU, led by NBA-bound guard Marcus Smart.
  • Who wins: Oklahoma State

Pac-12

  • Dates: March 12-15.
  • Sites: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
  • What to expect: Arizona is likely to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. But that might come without a Pac-12 Tournament title. The Wildcats will be the clear-cut favorites, but since they've lost Brandon Ashley, the team's offense hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders — evidenced in a March 8 loss to Oregon. The Ducks enter the tournament as the hottest team, having won seven consecutive games after hitting a rough patch that led to a No. 7 seed. Third-seeded Arizona State, led by speedy point guard Jahii Carson, has the potential to win it all but a tough quarterfinal matchup against Stanford doesn't make the championship path very easy. California has the No. 4 seed based on a five-way tie for third place and will be the hungriest for a win as a bubble team with so-so NCAA tournament credentials. UCLA, the No. 2 seed, hasn't wowed us this season, so Las Vegas is the perfect place to improve their NCAA tournament seeding.
  • Who wins: Arizona.

SEC

  • Dates: March 12-16.
  • Sites: Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
  • What to expect: Last year the regular-season champion Gators failed to win the SEC tournament, as Marshall Henderson-led Ole Miss played the role as a bid thieve in winning the tournament. This year, it could take a more-than-magical run to knock No. 1 Florida off its perch as the clear-cut best team in the conference — validated by a perfect 18-0 record. Kentucky started the season as the No. 1 team in the country and finished unranked but coach John Calipari still likes his team's chances of putting together a strong postseason showing. In order for that to happen, Julius Randle will have to continue to carry the load and the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron) will have to have steady production with better decision making. And then there are bubble teams. Tennessee has a No. 4 seed and likely will need to win a quarterfinal game to secure an at-large bid. That quarterfinal matchup could be against fifth-seeded Arkansas, a team with much to prove after a résumé-staining loss to Alabama in the final game of the regular season.
  • Who wins: Florida.

Scott Gleeson, a national college basketball writer/digital producer for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter @ScottMGleeson.

USA TODAY Sports' Scott Gleeson says the Panthers and Sun Devils have done enough to make the tournament, while St. John's and Providence play in an elimination game today.

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