Bracketology: Purdue and Wichita State move up, but Ohio State and Cincinnati slip

The big game Sunday was Wichita State's 76-72 road win at Cincinnati, which was the Shockers' biggest victory of the season. Before that, their best win was against Houston, a team the Shockers split with home and home. Houston at home is still Cincinnati's best win, and you could reasonably argue that the Bearcats' four losses have come in their four toughest games.

Wichita State's win, combined with Ohio State's loss at Michigan, resulted in a seed switch for those two teams. The Shockers have moved up to the No. 4 line, while the Buckeyes drop down to a No. 5 seed.

Purdue announced Sunday afternoon that its best player, senior forward Vincent Edwards, would miss Sunday night's game with Penn State after spraining his left ankle in practice Saturday. Edwards is questionable for the two games this week as well.

It was a perfect opportunity for Penn State, which has surged onto the bubble, if not the bracket, to pick up a huge win at Mackey Arena against the Boilermakers. The Nittany Lions came up just short in a 76-73 loss. That loss is not fatal for Penn State's tournament hopes, but it puts more pressure on the game with Michigan this week and the season finale at Nebraska.

Purdue's win coupled with Cincinnati's loss resulted in those two teams switching seeds as well. The Boilers are back on the No. 2 line while the Bearcats have dropped to a No. 3 seed.

Speaking of Nebraska, the Cornhuskers fell at Illinois 72-66 to further damage their already sketchy tournament résumé. The loss to the Illini is Nebraska's worst of the season and first in Quadrant 3. The Huskers need quality wins but cannot get those until the Big Ten Tournament.

Syracuse and St. Bonaventure were the big winners among the bubble teams this weekend. On Friday, the Bonnies took down Rhode Island, which was the kind of win missing from their tournament résumé. Syracuse won at Miami on Saturday, which actually helped not just the Orange, but St. Bonaventure too. The Bonnies won at Syracuse earlier this season. Both teams are in the bracket for now.

Butler picked up a victory over Providence on Saturday, but is still among the last four in the field. Despite having a lot of games against tournament quality teams, they now have just three wins, and only one away from home. Obviously, the win over top-seeded Villanova is huge, but that 3-8 record vs. the field and two other losses, including the clunker at home to Georgetown, has their spot in the field in some jeopardy. Butler's remaining games are no cakewalk either. The Bulldogs have Creighton at home, then finish at resurgent St. John's and Seton Hall.

Conference breakdown

Conference Bids
ACC 9
America East 1
American Conference 3
Atlantic 10 2
Atlantic Sun 1
Big 12 7
Big East 6
Big Sky 1
Big South 1
Big Ten 4
Big West 1
Colonial 1
Conference USA 1
Horizon League 1
Ivy League 1
MAAC 1
MAC 1
MEAC 1
Missouri Valley 1
Mountain West 1
Northeast 1
Ohio Valley 1
Pac-12 4
Patriot League 1
SEC 8
SWAC 1
Southern 1
Southland 1
Summit League 1
Sun Belt 1
WAC 1
West Coast 2

Bubble Watch

In for now

Team RPI SOS Next game
Alabama (17-10) 33 13 Feb 21, 8:30pm ET @ Auburn
Arkansas (19-8) 25 45 Feb 20, 9:00pm ET vs Kentucky
Florida St. (19-8) 45 70 Feb 25, 6:00pm ET @ NC State
Houston (21-5) 19 83 Feb 22, 9:00pm ET @ Memphis
TCU (18-9) 22 12 Feb 21, 8:00pm ET @ Iowa St.
Texas A&M (17-10) 21 6 Feb 20, 7:00pm ET vs Miss. State

On the fence

Team RPI SOS Next game
Kansas St. (19-8) 56 71 Feb 21, 9:00pm ET vs Texas
Miami (Fla.) (18-8) 37 56 Feb 19, 7:00pm ET @ Notre Dame
Middle Tenn. (22-5) 23 92 Feb 24, 7:00pm ET vs UAB
NC State (18-9) 59 63 Feb 20, 7:00pm ET vs Boston College
Providence (17-10) 36 20 Feb 21, 6:30pm ET vs Seton Hall
UCLA (19-8) 48 65 Feb 22, 9:00pm ET @ Utah
Va. Tech (19-8) 55 82 Feb 21, 7:00pm ET vs Clemson

Work to do

Team RPI SOS Next game
Baylor (17-10) 46 25 Feb 20, 7:00pm ET vs W. Virginia
Boise St. (21-6) 52 121 Feb 21, 9:00pm ET @ Colorado St.
Butler (18-10) 39 23 Feb 20, 7:00pm ET vs Creighton
Florida (17-10) 63 42 Feb 21, 9:00pm ET @ Tennessee
Georgia (15-11) 66 45 Feb 21, 6:30pm ET @ S. Carolina
Louisville (18-9) 51 37 Feb 21, 9:00pm ET @ Duke
Marquette (15-11) 57 15 Feb 21, 8:30pm ET vs St. John's
Nebraska (20-9) 60 98 Feb 20, 9:00pm ET vs Indiana
New Mex. St. (22-5) 47 136 Feb 22, 9:00pm ET vs Chicago St.
Penn St. (19-10) 76 88 Feb 21, 7:00pm ET vs Michigan
St. Bona. (20-6) 27 89 Feb 21, 7:00pm ET vs Duquesne
Syracuse (18-9) 38 27 Feb 21, 7:00pm ET vs N. Carolina
Temple (15-12) 44 9 Feb 25, 2:00pm ET vs UCF
Texas (16-11) 52 17 Feb 21, 9:00pm ET @ Kansas St.
USC (19-9) 41 51 Feb 21, 10:30pm ET @ Colorado
Utah (17-9) 50 66 Feb 22, 9:00pm ET vs UCLA
Washington (18-9) 49 38 Feb 22, 9:00pm ET @ Stanford
Western Ky. (20-7) 58 103 Feb 22, 8:00pm ET vs Charlotte
CBS Sports Senior Writer

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