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Tough day to be a top seed

It was a tough day to be a top seed in your conference tournament. Kansas, Temple, and Syracuse are among the top seeds that lost. Nevada lost as well in the WAC, and probably won't make the tournament. The Jayhawks fell off the top line of the bracket, replaced by Ohio State. For now.

It is possible that we have a stolen bid in the Pac 12, as Cal lost. The Bears were the one semi-decent at-large candidate. I still have them in as of this morning.

Xavier won a big game against Dayton, which helped the Muskies solidify its spot in the field, and knocked the Flyers out of contention.

Ole Miss also won an elimination game against Tennessee. The Rebels aren't necessarily safe though, but the Vols are definitely done.

At the bottom, Seton Hall and Miami are off the bracket, replaced by Arizona, the Pac-12 leader du jour, and NC State. Miami lost to Florida State, while the Wolfpack advanced in the ACC tournament by beating Virginia.

Colorado State and Northwestern are still in the First Four. The Rams lost to San Diego State last night.

Bids could be stolen today in Conference USA, and tomorrow in the A-10. Marshall can secure a spot by winning at Memphis. The A-10 final is sure to have either St. Bonaventure or Massachusetts, neither of which is at-large quality.

And I wouldn't entirely rule out Long Beach as an at-large team if it loses in the Big West final. The 49ers played the toughest non-conference schedule of anyone, and beat Xavier and Pitt. They were pretty competitive in losses to UNC, Kansas, San Diego State and Creighton.

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