Bracketology: When everybody loses, somebody has to win
Upset Thursday was followed up with Upset Saturday, causing more upheaval in the bracket
Half the top ten lost. Four of the next ten lost too. That gives the bracket a new look, although the top line remains the same.
The very top of the bracket was fine. Wichita State Shockers is now 31-0 after beating Missouri State and is the first team to enter its conference tournament without a loss since 2004. Florida Gators also won easily over LSU Tigers . Arizona Wildcats had the good sense not to play today. It was chaos after that.
Syracuse Orange stayed on the top line despite a loss at Virginia Cavaliers , mostly because Kansas Jayhawks lost also. Virginia continued its climb up the bracket to a No. 3 seed with its best win of the year. It also happened to clinch the top seed in the ACC tournament.
Cincinnati Bearcats didn't fall the most spots down the 1-68 ranking list (that was Kentucky Wildcats -- ugh), but the Bearcats fall crossed two seed lines and left them a four after losing at UConn.
The American remains the hardest league to seed. The big gap between the top five and the bottom five has cause some schedule anomalies. Louisville Cardinals is particularly tough because they have played a schedule of extremes. They're just 5-5 against the top 100 of the RPI after today's loss at Memphis Tigers , which doesn't translate to a high seed, but voters love them. Most of their schedule is against teams ranked 150 and below. The Cards overall strength of schedule is comparable to Wichita State's, but nodoby complains about Louisville's schedule.
Creighton Bluejays , Iowa State, Michigan Wolverines State, Saint Louis Billikens and Texas Longhorns all lost as well and fell down the list to some degree.
There was some turnover at the bottom of the bracket as well. Minnesota Golden Gophers dropped back out after losing to Michigan. Dayton Flyers is back in after a win over UMass, which is the Flyers' best of the season.
Xavier Musketeers and Oklahoma State Cowboys State" data-canon="Oklahoma Sooners" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> got huge wins to give their at-large chances a significant boost. The Musketeers beat Creighton at home for its second big win of the season. They beat Cincinnati earlier. The Cowboys knocked off Kansas for its third straight win since the return of Marcus Smart. That got OSU out of the play-in games for now.
Meanwhile, Cal suffered its third blowout loss in four games. It's one thing to slump, but it's another to not even be competitive while doing so. The Bears better watch out or they'll fall off the bracket completely
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