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Oh those crazy conference tournaments

Nothing brings out March Madness like conference tournaments. Nothing to cause changes in your national poll ballot, either.

With Rutgers and Maryland both losing early in their conference tourneys and LSU going toe-to-toe with Tennessee in the SEC final, I moved the Lady Tigers up from No. 6 to No. 4. Those first 10 teams are still pretty deep and nothing surprises me when they play each other any more.

In that SEC title game Candace Parker did exactly what a star player is supposed to do -- carry her team through an important game. Some have thought that Parker got bored during the regular season and that's a possibility. But really good players find ways for their teams to win tournaments and Parker did that on both ends of the floor Sunday night.

And for the record, Parker is not leaving school early for the WNBA. A knee injury made her a redshirt her freshman year, so she's a redshirt junior in terms of eligibility but has been in school for four years and will get her degree. Technically, she's passing up on her final year of athletic eligibility. She's leaving the Lady Vols early -- not school.

1. UConn

2. North Carolina

3. Tennessee

4. LSU

5. Rutgers

6. Maryland

7. Stanford

8. Cal

9. Baylor

10. Duke

11. Oklahoma

12. ODU

13. West Virginia

14. Utah

15. Texas A&M

16. Notre Dame

17. George Washington

18. Kansas State

19. Oklahoma State

20. UTEP

21. Georgia

22. Wyoming

23. Marist

24. Vanderbilt

25. Syracuse

--- Amy Moritz

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