Five top ten teams lost this weekend and my bracketology reflects all of the wild results. No. 1 Arizona finally lost after playing with fire multiple times in the last few weeks but also lost forward Brandon Ashley for the season. The Wildcats — a sure lock to make the Big Dance — will be evaluated as a new team without Ashley. Don’t read too much into it right this second though. If the tournament started today, I have no doubt that even without Ashley, Arizona would be a No. 1 seed.
Wichita State finally moved up to the No. 1 line in my bracket after Kansas lost to Texas but, like always, I’m going to be brutally honest about the Shockers. Wichita has TWO wins over teams in my bracket and that is not the sort of quality wins you expect to see from a No. 1 seed. I have the Shockers on the No. 1 line because they are undefeated and because they look like a top-5 team when you watch them play.
Texas is moving up in a hurry after a win over the Jayhawks. UCLA is also moving up, even after a loss to Oregon State Sunday. The Bruins are a team that are unranked because the Pac 12 is seen as a weak conference below Arizona and it’s really unfair to UCLA. The Bruins, despite their bad loss Sunday, look like the conference’s second best team at this point and have the quality wins of a middle of the road seed.
Pittsburgh is about to start sliding. The Panthers still lack a top-50 win after falling to Virginia Sunday. For now, I leave Pittsburgh as a 6 seed but the Panthers have the feel of a team that gets “shafted” on Selection Sunday and end up as a eight or nine seed. I’m going to keep re-evaluating Pittsburgh, but based on how the national media perceive the Panthers (currently seen as a top 25 team), I have to predict the committee will likely see Pittsburgh in the same light and seed them accordingly at this point.
For the first time this season, there may be more than 37 at-large teams deserving a spot in the field which made it hard to pick the final few teams.
First Four Out: Oregon, Byu, Clemson, Georgetown