by Jerry Palm
This week's bracket is posted. The No. 1 seeds are the same as last week, and will probably remain the same until someone finally knocks one of them off.
Butler is no longer part of the First Four. They are in the field as the Horizon league leader. Cleveland State is part of that instead after a week that saw them fall to both the Bulldogs and Valparaiso.
The A-10 is just a one-bid league, although I suspect that by the time we get to March, that will change. The Big East checks in with 11 teams (welcome Marquette), but I doubt very seriously that all 11 can qualify.
Cincinnati and UCF suffered their first losses of the season this week, and dropped some in the bracket. The Bearcats are still not a top 50 RPI team. Dayton dropping off the bracket hurt Cinci as well.
Memphis went from ranked last week (although they shouldn't have been) to off the bracket this week.
Purdue remains a tough team to seed. The Boilers rank 8th in the polls, but still have yet to play a top 50 RPI team. That will change when they play at Minnesota and West Virginia this week. Minnesota is where Robbie Hummel tore his ACL last year, so Purdue is probably hoping just to get out of there in one piece.