Most area college scoreboards are quiet now, the gymnasiums emptied, the uniforms and basketballs wheeled into storage.
Another season is over with only two teams -- the Purdue University Calumet women and South Suburban men -- still standing.
Hold your applause, please.
No. 4-seed PUC is headed to the 32-team NAIA Div. II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, where it will face No. 18 Oregon State at 9:15 p.m. on March 12.
The SSC Bulldogs meet Triton College for the Region IV championship Saturday at Elgin Community College.
Tom Megyesi, in his seventh season at Purdue Cal, is slowly creating an NAIA monster.
"I'm supposed to, aren't I?" he said. "Isn't that my job?"
The Peregrines (24-6) have combined scoring balance and an air-tight defense in securing their fourth national tournament appearance.
"They're not 'individuals.' It's all about 'team,'" Megyesi said. "We have five players scoring in double figures but everybody has an opportunity to score.
"Lately, it's been our team defense and unselfish play that's carried us. They don't care who scores."
That defense ruled in the 87-77 Chicagoland Collegiate Conference championship win over an Olivet Nazarene squad scoring more than 100 points, averaging 60 3-point attempts per game, and substituting a fresh five on every stoppage of play.
The Tigers attempted only 37 shots beyond the arc and were held 30 points under their average against PUC.
Megyesi's game plan seldom changes: Move the ball quickly, attack the basket.
"My players make me a good coach," he said. "I communicate well with them. If they don't do well, I take responsibility. My job is to prepare them."
Megyesi recruits players from within the state only, saying the talent level is exceptional and noting that out-of-state tuition would be double.
He recently signed 6-foot forward and former Indiana All-Star Jada Buggs, an Elkhart Memorial standout who transferred from Northern Illinois.
Over in South Holland, SSC coach John Pigatti's No. 2-seeded Bulldogs (27-5) take on Triton (24-8).
Saturday's winner advances to the National Junior Conference Athletic Association national tourney in Danville March 18-22.
There are still some wrinkles for SSC to iron out.
"This is probably my worst defensive team, but the best scoring team I've had," said Pigatti, who resides in Crown Point. "We have a knack for scoring. We do a good job in the half-court and when we run.
"When we want to be a good rebounding team, that helps us out, but our transition defense is bad."
At times, Pigatti is as blunt as a speeding ticket.
The Bulldogs won't set off smoke alarms with their 24 percent 3-point shooting, another concern.
Guard Antonio Levy runs the show and Pigatti says the Thornton grad is the quickest player, end line to end line, he's ever coached.
The upcoming Triton game has an eerie significance for Pigatti and his family. He suffered a mini stroke the night before the Jan. 4 regular season meeting and still isn't quite 100 percent.
This marks the seventh finals appearance in eight years for Pigatti, who has won five and is 232-46 overall.
CCSJ pins hopes on Johnson: Calumet College's Eric Johnson (9-9), a Highland grad, will compete in the NAIA National Wrestling Championships this weekend in Topeka, Ks.
This is Johnson's second year of competing as a wild card and he'll wrestle at 197 pounds.
"His experiences from last year will be a huge advantage for him this time around," said CCSJ coach Ryan Rivera. "I know he can compete with the top guys at his weight when he wrestles his style of match.
"Eric has battled injuries most of the season, but he is a true warrior who competes at a high level without making excuses."