by Jerry Palm
So, no sooner do I go and write that nobody has separated themselves from the rest of the pack at the top of the bracket , then Ohio State beats Purdue 87-64 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. I felt going into that game that even if the Buckeyes lost, they would still be a No. 1 seed in the next bracket, perhaps even still the overall No. 1. After that beatdown, they are the team that has stepped forward and staked claim to that seed in March as well. Barring injury, there's no realistic reason to think Ohio State won't be on the top line on selection Sunday.
San Diego State lost last night to BYU 71-58 in the lastest episode of The Jimmer Show. That game was acutally closer than the score would indicate, but it knocked the Aztecs from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving only the Buckeyes. It also likely knocked them from the top line of the bracket, and in fact, behind BYU on the S-Curve (the 1-68 ranking of teams in the tournament).
I realize Syracuse isn't a state (OK, neither is San Diego -- I studied math, not geography), but it would be wrong to ignore the slump the Orange find themselves in at the moment. They are sliding fast down the brackt with every home loss. They're at Marquette this weekend and at UConn after that. That's not exactly what you'd call a slump-busting schedule. Too many more losses and we'll soon be comparing them to Texas from last year.