Oklahoma leads latest Field of 68
This should not come as a surprise: Oklahoma is the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket. After dispatching Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, the Sooners own the top spot in the RPI, their only blemish a triple-overtime classic at Kansas.
The rest of the top line is as follows: Kansas, North Carolina, and Villanova. Elsewhere, the carousel continues. Between Saturday morning and Sunday night, all but two teams (Maryland and Texas AM) ranked between No. 9 and No. 16 on the Seed List suffered defeats. We should probably be used to that by now, and it’s likely to continue.
Clemson is this week’s biggest mover. While there are certainly question marks on the Tigers’ resume (including a rather horrid non-conference SOS number), the Selection Committee would not ignore a team with a 5-1 mark in the ACC that includes five straight victories over Florida State, Syracuse, Louisville, Duke, and Miami. Four of those five games were at home and Clemson now embarks on a journey that includes four of five games on the road. We’ll see how the Tigers handle prosperity.
A bit under-the-radar, Texas AM has quietly remained unbeaten in the SEC. The Aggies have wins over Baylor, Texas, and Gonzaga outside the league, and haven’t lost since December 5. Just something to keep an eye on.
Margins between teams remain very marginal – pun intended. There really isn’t much difference between the resume of a team listed in the “First Four Out” and one listed as a nine or 10 seed. We have a long way to go.