It was a wild Saturday in NCAA college basketball, especially for the top teams. What else do you expect? It was the first day of March.
No. 4 Syracuse lost badly to No. 10 Virginia in what amounted to an ACC regular season championship game. No. 5 Kansas lost to a former Top 10 team (now unranked), but suddenly resurgent Oklahoma State team. No. 7 Louisville was swept by No. 21 Memphis, just two days after Memphis lost to a Houston Cougar team ranked 167 in the RPI. No. 9 Creighton was beaten by Bubble Team Xavier. No. 10 St. Louis lost by double digits to VCU. Hold on for a second, I have to catch my breath… okay, No. 11 Cincinnati was beaten by an unranked Connecticut team, as Mick Cronin lost his mind. No. 15 Iowa State took one on the chin at Kansas State. No. 17 Kentucky lost to South Carolina, and John Calipari got ejected. Tom Izzo and his No. 18 Michigan State Spartans lost to Illinois, and finally, No. 24 Texas lost by 12 to Oklahoma. Did you get all that?
What does it all mean for seedlings and brackets? Not a whole lot of movement and whole lot of confusion. With so many teams in the Top 25 losing yesterday, especially in the Top 15, don’t expect a whole lot of movement when the polls come out tomorrow. Likewise, you won’t see a whole lot of movement between top seeds in most Bracketologists’ predictions, but there will be some movement.
After Syracuse lost, the door opened up for Kansas to sneak in and take over that last No. 1 seed, but then the Jayhawks lost. The team that will benefit the most by those two losses is Wisconsin, as long as they win today against Penn State. Start looking for Wisconsin to start creeping in most Bracketoligists’ No. 1 seed list, as the Badgers are red hot right now.
As far as the No. 2 seeds go, Louisville just lost their chance at getting a No. 2 seed. They are now 1-5 against the AP Top 25. Creighton has now dropped to a No. 3 seed, moving Villanova into their spot, even though they destroyed the Wildcats both times. Look for Virginia to move up to a No. 2 seed as well.
The biggest winner of the day is Wichita State. Whatever doubt there may have been about the Shockers getting a No. 1 seed ended among all the losses yesterday. They could probably lose in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and still get a No. 1 seed at this point, despite playing one of the weakest schedules of a No. 1 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament. Look for the Shockers t be the first No. 1 bounced out of this year’s NCAA yournament.