Bracketology: Wichita State moves up to top line

A bad week for Wisconsin Badgers and a train wreck of a loss by Villanova Wildcats has opened the door for Wichita State Shockers to move up to the top line of the bracket today.  The Shockers have eight RPI top 100 wins, including two against teams in the field ( Saint Louis Billikens , Tennessee Volunteers ).

Louisville Cardinals filled two big holes in its tournament resume with a win at Connecticut Huskies over the weekend.  That gave the Cards their first win over a likely tournament team and also their first win away from home of any significance.  The result was a five line move up the bracket.

It wasn't all that long ago that Ohio State Buckeyes , Oregon Ducks , Iowa Hawkeyes State and Wisconsin were all undefeated.  Those teams have now combined to lose 13 games in a row.  Oregon's free-fall is the worst of the group.  The Ducks have lost four straight, including home games to the Bay Area teams, and most recently at arch rival Oregon State Beavers .  Oregon fell four lines in today's bracket.

Ohio State has also lost four in a row, including Monday's loss at Nebraska Cornhuskers , which was the Cornhuskers' first conference win.

The home loss to San Diego State seems to have been the wake up call that Kansas Jayhawks needed.  Since then, the Jayhawks have won five in a row, all against tournament quality teams, and sit atop the Big 12.  They have moved up to a 2-seed in the current bracket and are back in play to make a run for the top line.

San Diego State Aztecs is floating on the Kansas tide as well.  The Aztecs are also on the two line.  Their only loss came at home to still-undefeated Arizona Wildcats .

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket.... Full Bio

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