No one will believe me, but I had this finished halfway through the Michigan – Illinois game yesterday. Anyway, lots of changes and things to talk about this week, so let’s get right to it:
Last Four In: Temple, LaSalle, Arizona State, Maryland
Last Four Out: Iowa State, Kentucky, Iowa, St. Mary’s
- Lots of movement at the top, with Kansas claiming the overall #1 seed, and IU sliding back up into the 1-seed slot thanks to a victory over Michigan State.
- Miami makes its first appearance on the 2-line. Can they stay there the rest of the way? They won’t have a lot of chances to make up additional ground, although they will have plenty of chances to stub their toes in the weak ACC.
- Oregon may be somewhat undervalued here as a 5 seed, but they still don’t have a truly marquee win on their resume. They also have the misfortune of playing in the Pac 12, which will not provide them many chances to get a marquee win. I do think that if the Ducks win the Pac 12 title outright, they’ll rise at least two seed lines, maybe three — the committee loves to reward power conference regular season champs without many blemishes on their resume. We’ll just forget that the loss at UTEP ever happened, I guess.
- There’s a big mass of Big East teams in the 20-30 range, and I’m not sure what to do about them. I think Cincinnati and Marquette are better than Pitt and Notre Dame, but how are they in relation to the teams around them?
|1||KANSAS (Big 12)|
|3||INDIANA (Big 10)|
|6||SYRACUSE (Big E)|
|16||SAN DIEGO ST (MWC)|
|18||WICHITA STATE (MVC)|
|25||North Carolina St|
|32||SOUTHERN MISS (CUSA)|
|38||MTSU (SUN BELT)|
|52||N DAKOTA ST (SUMMIT)|
|55||LOUISIANA TECH (WAC)|
|58||STEPHEN F AUSTIN (SOUTHLAND)|
|59||LONG BEACH ST (B WEST)|
|61||STONY BROOK (AM EAST)|
|63||FGCU (AT SUN)|
|65||NC Central (MEAC)|
|66||CHARLESTON SO (BIG SOUTH)|
|67||MONTANA (BIG SKY)|