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Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 9:09 pm
 
by Jerry Palm

Ohio State's loss at Wisconsin on Saturday and Kansas losing at Kansas State last night has caused a bit of a shakeup at the top of the bracket.   There is very little separating the teams on the top line, and not much separating them from the second line.  Here is a look at how they stand at the moment.

Pittsburgh -- The Panthers have more top 25 RPI wins than anyone (6), and four of those came away from home.  Two were last week, at West Virginia and Villanova, without their leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs.  Oddly, both of their losses have come in Pittsburgh.

Ohio St -- The Buckeyes have just one loss, the one at Wisconsin.  Everyone loses there.  The have six top 50 wins, including blowouts of Purdue and Florida.

Texas -- Leads the Big 12 and had to win at Kansas to do that.  The loss to USC is a real headscratcher, but you could argue nobody has played better the last month and a half.

San Diego State -- The Aztecs also have just one loss, which came at BYU.   They swept UNLV as part of their five top 50 wins and are 13-1 away from home.  Some even higher quality wins would be nice.

Kansas -- Like SDSU, the Jayhawks are in need of higher quality wins.  They have a neutral court win over Arizona, which is overrated (one top 50 win, home UCLA -- yawn), and beat Missouri at home among their six top 50 wins.  Kansas St is the highest rated team they have played on the road, and they got crushed.  The second-highest rated team the Jayhawks played on the road is Michigan, and they needed OT to beat the Wolverines.

BYU -- The Cougars' seven top 50 wins also includes a neutral court win over Arizona and the win over the Aztecs.  They lost to UCLA in Anaheim and at the Pit in New Mexico, where everybody loses.  Except San Diego State.

Duke -- The win over North Carolina last week was their first over a sure tournament team this season.  Their win at Miami on Sunday is their best road win of the year, after losses at St. John's and Florida State.

So, you can see, it's a pretty tight race to the finish among these seven teams.

St. John's continues to play their way up the bracket.  They beat Connecticut at home and won at Cincinnati and moved up a couple spots.  The Bearcats though are sliding, having lost three of four and with still several tough games ahead.

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Comments

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top




Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

If your definition of a bad loss is to a team that is/has not been ranked, then KU would have no bad losses (current #3 Texas and early-season #3 K-State).  But even as a KU homer I will say that previous rankings don't mean anything whatsoever.  If someone isn't ranked right now, then they aren't very good.  Gonzaga isn't very good, Memphis isn't very good, Michigan State isn't very good, etc. While I have no problem with SDSU getting a#1 seed, you can't fairly judge their schedule based upon how good teams looked two months ago.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

Hey Coating, SDSU isnt 0-1 against top 25. IDK whos schedule youre looking at. They beat then #12 Gonzaga, a currently ranked Saint Marys, and a previously ranked UNLV twice. Only loss was at BYU whose currently 7/8. And currently 5th in RPI ahead of both Pitt and Texas
 
What are your picks for the four #1 seeds? Does it include any of the following? A Texas team with more losses and a bad loss to USC? KU with more losses including a bad loss to  KSU? Duke with more losses including a couple bad losses to FSU and Saint Johns? Bad Losses meaning to unranked/ never previously ranked foes. 

OSU and Pitt are the only teams I currently see as being better fit for a #1 seed  than SDSU. If SDSU wins out the rest of the regular season including the rematch against BYU there is no reason they shouldnt be. The only reason the wouldnt be selected is because of knucklehead B10, B12 and BE homers



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

I agree no matter who you are ,this season has suspense , you really don't know who the top 5 are going to be week to week , Duke is not King this season there very much an also ran. Great Job BYU & SDSU coming in this season like you've done.



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top




Since: Jan 18, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

San Diego St. as a #1 Seed?  Get Real.  They are 0-1 against the Top 25.It's not that they haven't beaten a Top 25 team, it's that they have onlyplayed one team in the Top 25.  You have to earn a #1 Seed!!!  You don't dothat by beating teams that are not ranked.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

Notre Dame also lost 4 times, while the team they beat, Pitt, has only lost twice.



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top




Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top

I have to say, you can't argue with that, Mr. Scott. Well said, Johnny, well said indeed!



Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top



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