In this episode of As the Bracket Churns, Michigan moves back to the top line, replacing Miami, 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 earlier. The only other teams with a bad loss on the top three lines is Kansas, which has that whopper at TCU, and Georgetown, which lost at USF.
New Mexico, 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, which is up to a four seed after winning at Butler, the Billikens' ninth straight win.
St. Mary's 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, which lost at home to Temple, dropped back into that spot.
One of those SEC teams that is in is Missouri, 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.