Today's bracket is posted. Kentucky is the new overall top seed, followed by Missouri, which is the only newcomer to the top line, replacing Duke.
Syracuse and Baylor remain No. 1 seeds despite losses last week. Kansas is pushing hard, and beat Baylor recently, but the Jayhawks have done most of their damage at home, and still have that extra loss - to Davidson.
Ohio State has also rejoined the fight, but is another team that has struggled away from home. All three of the Buckeyes' losses have come on the road, to their three best opponents away from home. They are mighty in Columbus, and the tournament is played there, but Ohio St will be shipped out.
The Big Ten still sports nine teams, but Purdue is hanging on for dear life. The Boilers have struggled recently, losing at home to Wisconsin and just on Tueday, to Michigan. They are the only Big Ten team still looking for a win over a ranked opponent. If the field were more accomplished, Purdue would definitely be on the outside looking in.
Illinois also took a beating this week in the bracket. The Illini fell from second to seventh after losing at Penn State and at home to Wisconsin. They are a true six-seed that was moved to seven to help with bracketing considerations, but that is still a sizeable drop. Also hurting them is that the loss to Purdue looks worse than it did last week.
Cincinnati, despite a 1-2 week, is getting closer to the bracket despite a non-conference schedule rankng 329th out of 344. That's going to be an albatross around the Bearcats' neck all season long. The committee, even in an expanded field, still takes a very dim view of that and will eliminate teams for no other reason.
Cinci is also a strange team in that it is better on the road than at home. The Bearcats are 6-2 in games away from home, but only 9-4 on their home floor, including losses to St. John's and Presbyterian. That 92 RPI ranking is due to their weak non-conference schedule and their difficulty defending the home floor.
Cincinnati has nothing on Loyola Marymount though. The Lions are 7-2 on the road, but only 3-6 at home.
And from the Teams Get Bids, Not Conferences departement: Conference USA has four teams in the bracket, but all are 10-seeds or lower.
New to the bracket this week: Ole Miss, Iowa State, Texas and UCF.
Leaving us, for now: Stanford, Northern Iowa, Denver and Colorado State, which is the highest rated RPI team left out.