Inside the Bracket: Moving Day – Part II
After a somewhat crazy Thursday, the bubble continues to shift in multiple directions. And with Villanova’s stunning loss to Seton Hall, the final No. 1 seed slot is wide open as action resumes throughout the college hoops landscape. Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Virginia all take to the hardwood with their eyes on the top of the East Region. We also can’t completely eliminate teams like Syracuse.
Quick notes about today’s (March 14) bracket update …
Florida State slides into the final at-large spot. One could go any number of directions among the bubble contenders, but the Seminoles have a couple of small advantages: non-conference wins over two tournament teams (VCU, Massachusetts) and a road win at Pittsburgh. As a side note, FSU lost to Michigan by two and Florida by one in its pre-conference slate. By comparison, Providence and Minnesota have done their best work at home and neither has two NCAA-level non-league wins. We’ll see how the Seminoles fare moving forward. Next up: Virginia. It’s Moving Day – Part II on the bubble.
Missouri and Minnesota have statement opportunities today. The Tigers play Florida; Minnesota plays Wisconsin.
Seton Hall joins the Bid Thief Watch. If the Pirates upset Providence they will be one victory from an automatic bid.
Southern Methodist (SMU) remains on the right side of the bubble, but the Mustangs could be closer to the edge than many think. A horrible non-conference schedule could be even more in play after Thursday’s loss to Houston. SMU is just 4-6 vs. Top 100 RPI teams (albeit four good wins) and owns a victory at Connecticut. But they’ve also lost to South Florida, Temple, and the aforementioned Cougars. SMU ended the season losing three straight.
Arkansas falls into the First Five OUT after losing to South Carolina. Cal remains in that group as well following its loss to Colorado. While both likely need help to re-enter the bracket. Let’s wait until more resumes are complete before casting a final decision.
We’ll see what’s in store today.