Last week’s top 20 was a nice preamble, but it’s definitely time to get the regular bracket report going again. Here’s the latest projection, through the first half of Sunday’s games:
LAST FOUR IN: Texas A&M, Kentucky, BYU, Xavier
LAST FOUR OUT: Georgetown, Boise State, Baylor, St. Louis
There are several changes between this week and last week, in large part because the situation is SO fluid at the top of the S-curve, and a win or loss can be the difference between a 1 seed and a 3 seed. Some of the major moves:
Michigan (5th to 1st) – The Wolverines were impressive in a victory at Minnesota, probably the best victory of any of the top teams.
Florida (6th to 4th) – I’m not OVERLY impressed with blowing out Missouri, but the Gators benefit from Louisville and Indiana losing last week.
Indiana (4th to 7th) – Frankly, Indiana is lucky that they didn’t fall farther. Losing at home to an unranked team and then following that up with an unimpressive road win against a bottom-feeder is not good seeding policy.
Syracuse (9th to 5th) and Louisville (2nd to 6th) – Syracuse picks up a huge road win at Louisville. Where are the impressive wins for Louisville?
Gonzaga (10th to 17th) – The Zags are a great story and nearly beat Butler, but the fact remains that they’ve only got two wins that one would deem “impressive” on their resume.
Butler (17th to 9th) – When you beat a ranked team without arguably your best player, and you’ve also beaten two other high-caliber teams on neutral floors, you start getting this sort of respect.
Missouri (20th to 29th) – Anyone who watched Frank Haith at Miami will be familiar with this pattern.
Here’s the S-curve for this week. Note that Iowa got bumped down a seed line for bracketing purposes.
|11||NEW MEXICO (MWC)|
|19||North Carolina State|
|26||San Diego St|
|52||STEPHEN F AUSTIN (SLAND)|
|54||NORTH DAKOTA ST (SUMMIT)|
|61||WEBER ST (BSKY)|
|67||CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (BS)|
|68||NC CENTRAL (MEAC)|