With Syracuse’s surge to the top of the Big East and Florida’s complete dominance of the SEC, those two teams have added themselves to the mix for a No. 1 seed in bracket projections. Right now, the Orange and Gators still stand on the No. 2 seed line, with Duke (East), Michigan (Midwest), Kansas (South), and Arizona (West) taking the top four seeds in The Catch and Shoot‘s most recent bracketology.
Also rising in the bracket projections are Butler, Michigan State, Virginia Commonwealth, and Oregon.
The Bulldogs pulled out yet another amazing victory last weekend, defeating No. 8 Gonzaga 64-63. It was their third win over a top-10 team, and it bumped the Bulldogs’ RPI into the top 15.
Tom Izzo’s Spartans did not do much in non-conference play except for a November win over Kansas, and loss to Minnesota in their first Big Ten game led many to writing them off as a title contender. But now, Sparty has won six straight games and holds a one-game lead in the conference at 6-1.
VCU also left much to be desired in non-conference play. The Rams lost close games to Wichita State, Duke and Missouri, and their only notable wins were over Memphis and Belmont. But so far, they have taken care of business in the Atlantic 10 with a 4-0 conference record.
With Oregon’s win over UCLA, the Ducks moved into first place in the Pac-12 with a perfect, 5-0 record. They are now 3-1 against Top-25 teams, and they are expected to beat Washington State and Washington at home in their next two games.
Meanwhile, Louisville dropped from a No. 1 seed prior last week all the way to a No. 3 seed after losses to the Orange and Villanova. With plenty more opportunities for big wins in a conference like the Big East, the Cardinals still have plenty of time to re-enter their name in the No. 1 seed discussion, but right now they are clearly a step behind.
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