Friday Bracket Update: Purdue moves to Top Line …
Our first Friday bracket, or two-a-weeks, finds Purdue as the newest projected No. 1 seed. Couple of reasons for that. First, Villanova lost to Connecticut at home; second, the Boilermakers won a significant road game at Ohio State. Not only that, but Purdue’s route to a Big 10 title is now in their own hands. By winning at Michigan State, the Boilers can sweep the Spartans when the two play in West Lafayette on February 27. Hard to imagine Purdue losing that game at home. The remaining schedule should also be manageable.
In other news, St. Mary’s re-enters that bracket as the final at-large team (No. 13 seed) thanks mostly to several other bubble teams losing – and the Gaels’ profile now just a tad bit stronger. Although we still project forward to complete the bracket, many of the ho-hum Big East teams have yet to distinguish themselves. That could change – particularly if Connecticut or Seton Hall makes a push. As for losing, Rhode Island has dropped three straight and Charlotte fell at home to Duquesne this week. Both still project “in” at this point, but their margin for error is getting rather thin. Charlotte’s overall profile is slighlty better.
Last Five In: Charlotte, UAB, Rhode Island, Florida, St. Mary’s. Last Five Out: San Diego State, William & Mary, South Florida, Seton Hall, Cincinnati.
Next Bracket Update will be Monday, February 22 (evening). Next week, the full Bubble Banter update will be Wednesday evening with a bracket update on Thursday night. This works better for our partnership with NBC Sports, and also gives us a weekend preview. Thanks for your interest. Enjoy the hoops – and the BracketBuster games this weekend. Follow me on Twitter if you like at BracketguyDave.