Michigan returns to the top of the bracket

In this episode of As the Bracket Churns, Michigan Wolverines moves back to the top line, replacing Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes , which not only suffered its first loss in ACC play, but also its worst loss of the season at Wake Forest.

That dropped the Hurricanes down to a three seed, which just shows how little separates the teams in the top quarter of the bracket. That was Miami's second bad loss of the season along with the one at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles earlier. The only other teams with a bad loss on the top three lines is Kansas Jayhawks , which has that whopper at TCU, and Georgetown Hoyas , which lost at USF.

Speaking of the Hoyas, they look like the beast of the Big East now after winning at Syracuse Orange . The Orange haven't quite gotten the boost they hoped for with the addition of James Southerland .

New Mexico Lobos , the leader of the top-rated Mountain West (do not adjust your monitor -- you read that right) is up to a two seed as well after winning at Colorado State.

The biggest mover in the bracket this week is Saint Louis Billikens , which is up to a four seed after winning at Butler, the Billikens' ninth straight win.

St. Mary's Gaels finally picked up a win over a likely bracket team when it beat Creighton on Saturday, which got the Gaels out of the play-in games for now.  Charlotte 49ers , which lost at home to Temple, dropped back into that spot.

Massachusetts Minutemen is new to the bracket, replacing Arizona State Sun Devils , which lost at home to Washington.  The Minutemen may only be in the bracket for a minute, though. They have a tough schedule coming up.

There are only two SEC teams in the bracket, but if it were a 72-team field, there would be five.  Ole Miss Rebels , Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats lead the first four out group.

One of those SEC teams that is in is Missouri Tigers , which lost at Kentucky over the weekend.  People are making a lot of the Tigers' problems on the road, but the committee will see it a little differently. They want to see tournament-quality play away from home. That includes neutral site games. Mizzou has three top-100-RPI wins on netural courts, including wins over Illinois and VCU. The Tigers may have something to prove to the committee, but an ability to win away from home against good teams isn't it.

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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