Bracket: Sooners hold onto No. 1 overall seed
The Oklahoma Sooners are nothing if not exciting. After a triple-overtime gem with Kansas in early January, OU provided us a thrilling come-from-behind victory Saturday evening at LSU. In terms of today’s bracket update, the latter result keeps the Sooners atop the Field of 68 as the No. 1 overall seed. Joining Oklahoma on the top line: North Carolina, Kansas, and Iowa.
At the other end of the bracket, LSU is the first team out. There’s no shame in losing to Oklahoma, even at home. The challenge for LSU is overcoming a 7-6 non-conference effort that featured zero wins against Top 100 RPI opponents. That’s why Saturday’s loss stings even more. It would have been non-conference victory over one of the nation’s best teams. The good news: February provides the Tigers and several other bubble teams the chance to make a final impression on the Selection Committee.
In general, we open February with a foggy bubble. Winning away from home is a theme for several teams trying to climb the seed list or stay on the right side of the bubble. We also have traditional NCAA regulars with work to do. As surprising as it sounds, teams like Gonzaga and Duke are not locks for March Madness. You can read more about Duke’s potential issues in the post below.
Enjoy your week of college hoops. After the Super Bowl, all eyes turn toward March.