Bracketology is always tough, but this year in particular, it seems that teams are rising and falling quicker than ever before. Before getting to the bracket, let’s check out some of those teams.
After a slow start that saw them slide out of the field completely, Virginia has rebounded nicely and currently sit at a 6 seed in my bracket. Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers’ only loss in ACC play was a 4 point road loss to Duke. No one else has been able to stay within double digits of UVA, and they have a sweep of Florida State and a big win over North Carolina under their belts. A chance for a marquee win looms at Pittsburgh on February 2. Creighton fell off everybody’s radar for a while, but after Providence ended its 10 game win streak, the Bluejays absolutely dismanted Villanova on the road Monday night, knocking the Wildcats off the 1 line. That gets them back to a 5. Transfers Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood have lead George Washington to a start nobody saw coming. The Colonials boast a top 25 RPI and are also a 5.
Through no fault of their own, Colorado is now a 6 in my bracket, and will likely continue to fall after the season ending injury to Spencer Dinwiddie. It’s a real shame, because Dinwiddie was playing well and the Buffaloes were emerging as the clearcut number 2 team in the Pac 12. What happened to Ohio State? The Buckeyes were #3 in the country two weeks ago. Their first loss, at Michigan State, is understandable. Even a home loss to surging Iowa is forgivable. A road loss at Minnesota isn’t terrible either, and that’s why even with three straight losses, they were on the 3/4 cutoff line as of last night. But a loss to Nebraska hurts. The freefalling Buckeyes are now a 7.
Last Four In: Providence, Tennessee, Missouri, SMU
First Four Out: VCU, Stanford, BYU, Saint Mary’s