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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Feb. 15 Bracket - Movement at the Top
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 9:09 pm