As the race for top seeds continues, Kansas showed its mettle in recent days – backing up road win at Kentucky with a home victory against Big 12 rival Baylor. That’s a strong two-game parlay, and keeps KU firmly entrenched as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. By a slim margin, Villanova holds the overall No. 1 seed position. Baylor and unbeaten Gonzaga also reside on the top line.
Bubble Update: This year’s collection of bubble teams remains quite fluid. It’s also about 30-teams deep as we begin the February push. How long will teams be able to circumvent poor road records and sub-.500 league records? It’s a valid and good question. The answer is unknown. Teams do not play in a vacuum. We’ll see how the landscape looks next week and next month.
The Bubble picture is particularly intriguing and volatile in the Big 12 and ACC. A collection of teams continues to bounce around the cutline. Previous Big Ten bubble teams Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, and even Nebraska have fallen off the pace. Tennessee might be one of the year’s biggest surprises. I don’t know if the Volunteers can stay the course in February, but they’ve done enough to be firmly in the conversation – at least with the current batch of contenders.