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Bracketology: UCLA, Kentucky switch; Harvard snags first bid

Xavier still has a tournament berth within reach despite its home loss to Villanova on Thursday. (USATSI)
Xavier still has a tournament berth within reach despite its home loss to Villanova on Thursday. (USATSI)

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There were only a handful of games involving potential tournament teams Thursday night and no upsets, so only a couple of spots changed hands.

UCLA moved up to a No. 6 seed after a win at Washington, which moved Kentucky down. That doesn't seem like all that significant of a win to make a seed change, but those two teams have very little separating them. It's one of those changes you wouldn't notice if it didn't cross a seed line.

Xavier lost at home to Villanova, but remains in the bracket for now. The bottom of the bracket figures to do some churning this weekend as the bigger conferences wrap up regular-season play and get ready for their tournaments.

Louisiana Tech replaced Southern Miss in the bracket as the Conference USA representative. There has been a four-car pileup atop the league standings for a while, and I always break ties by RPI until conference tournament seeding is determined. The Eagles have the best RPI of those teams but they ended up fourth in the tiebreaker. The Bulldogs are the top seed in the C-USA tournament, so they will be in the bracket until they lose.

Harvard clinched the first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Friday night by beating Yale.

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