Villanova became the 11th No. 1 seed to lose in its conference tournament Thursday when the Wildcats were beaten by Seton Hall. That loss dropped them to the 2-line of the bracket and moved Wisconsin up for now. Kansas, Michigan, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Louisville also have a chance to grab that spot. And if none of them do, it could end up back with the Wildcats.
Kansas made a statement that it could play without Joel Embiid in its first-round tournament game with
Arkansas took another bad loss in the SEC tournament, falling to South Carolina. Three bad losses, a relatively bad record away from home (though not by Arkansas standards) and a poor nonconference schedule have them on the outs for now.
SMU suffered a bad loss to Houston in the American tournament quarterfinals. The Mustangs have four top-50 wins, including one at UConn. That might save them because they now have three bad losses and a nonconference strength of schedule ranking around 300th. We've seen the committee leave teams close to the cut line out for that reason alone.
Iowa's skid continued with a loss to Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. The Hawkeyes have lost six of seven and now appear on the bubble page but it would be a shock if they missed the field.