New bracket! A lot of movement with some of the teams in the middle of the pack, but it feels like the top of the field is starting to solidify. I’m still not totally sure how to evaluate the mass of SEC teams, or the group of teams in general between the 3 line and the 6 line, but that will probably play itself out fairly clearly as the week progresses.
Last Four In: Baylor, Louisville, USC, Syracuse
Baylor drops into the L4I mostly because Texas did better than the Bears this week. Louisville shoots back into the field because of their win at Virginia Tech and their lack of bad losses. USC took care of business on the road against a Utah team that’s competing for a spot themselves, and Syracuse…well, they are lucky to be in the field.
Last Four Out: UCLA, Providence, Utah, Mississippi State
The Bruins were in, and then they lost at Colorado, and ultimately they have very little to show for their season. Providence is just so unimpressive power numbers-wise that it’s hard to get excited about them, although I could see the committee putting them in on the strength of their Q1 and Q2 wins alone. Utah is bumping around with the rest of the teams in the Pac 12, trying to find footing. Mississippi State has 21 wins and almost none of them are even remotely impressive.