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Bracketology: Top seeds shuffle after three wild nights

After Florida, Kansas and Indiana all went down during midweek action, Michigan claims the No. 1 overall spot for now, while Arizona ascends to top billing in the West Regional.

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights put college basketball fans on a long, involved roller coaster ride, providing more sharp turns, surprises and spills than should be legally allowed in the middle of the week. The seemingly constant run of upsets, overtimes and buzzer beaters gives us a Friday bracket some major changes at the top when compared to Tuesday's edition. I'll have bit more about those moves after a look at the field and rundown.

Indianapolis (Fri/Sun)
(2) EAST
Washington (Thu/Sat)
Auburn Hills (Thu/Sat) Philadelphia (Fri/Sun)
1 Michigan 1 Duke
16 Bryant or Southern 16 Niagara (MAAC)
8 Mississippi 8 VCU (A-10)
9 UCLA 9 Iowa State
San Jose (Thu/Sat) San Jose (Thu/Sat)
5 Creighton (MVC) 5 Minnesota
12 Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt) 12 Arizona State
4 Cincinnati 4 Marquette
13 South Dakota State (Summit) 13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)
Lexington (Thu/Sat) Auburn Hills (Thu/Sat)
6 Kansas State 6 San Diego State
11 St. Mary's or Temple 11 Oklahoma
3 Louisville 3 Michigan State
14 Stephen F. Austin (Southland) 14 Long Beach State (Big West)
Austin (Fri/Sun) Salt Lake City (Thu/Sat)
7 UNLV 7 Pittsburgh
10 Memphis (C-USA) 10 Colorado
2 Miami (ACC) 2 Gonzaga (WCC)
15 Northeastern (CAA) 15 Montana (Big Sky)
(4) WEST
Los Angeles (Thu/Sat)
Arlington (Fri/Sun)
Salt Lake City (Thu/Sat) Dayton (Fri/Sun)
1 Arizona (Pac-12) 1 Indiana (Big Ten)
16 Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun) 16 Norfolk State or UNC Asheville
8 Colorado State 8 Wichita State
9 Kentucky 9 Missouri
Dayton (Fri/Sun) Kansas City (Fri/Sun)
5 Georgetown 5 Oregon
12 Baylor or Indiana State 12 Belmont (OVC)
4 Ohio State 4 Butler
13 Akron (MAC) 13 Lehigh (Patriot)
Philadelphia (Fri/Sun) Austin (Fri/Sun)
6 N.C. State 6 Notre Dame
11 Illinois 11 La Salle
3 Syracuse (Big East) 3 New Mexico (MWC)
14 Valparaiso (Horizon) 14 Long Beach State (Big West)
Lexington (Thu/Sat) Kansas City (Fri/Sun)
7 Oklahoma State 7 Wisconsin
10 Saint Louis 10 North Carolina
2 Florida (SEC) 2 Kansas (Big 12)
15 Stony Brook (AmEast) 15 Davidson (Southern)
Tuesday: To Auburn Hills
Tuesday: To Lexington
16 Bryant (NEC) 11 St. Mary's
16 Southern (SWAC) 11 Temple
Wednesday: To Dayton Wednesday: To Dayton
16 UNC Asheville (Big South) 12 Baylor
16 Norfolk State (MEAC) 12 Indiana State

Big East: 7 Oklahoma UNC Asheville Charleston Southern
Big Ten: 7 La Salle South Dakota State North Dakota State
Big 12: 6 Arizona State

A-10: 5 Illinois

Pac-12: 5

ACC: 4

MWC: 4 Temple

SEC: 4 Indiana State

WCC: 2 LAST FOUR OUT Oklahoma 10 down to 11
1-Bid Conferences: 21 Virginia Memphis 11 up to 10

Maryland Belmont 11 down to 12

Boise State St. Mary's 12 up to 11

St. John's Temple 12 up to 11

NEXT FOUR OUT Arizona State 11 down to 12

Villanova Illinois 12 up to 11

Southern Miss.



Also considered (in order): BYU, Air Force, Charlotte, Alabama, Stanford, Iowa, Arkansas, Xavier, Washington

Three nights of March-level excitement began with Florida and Arkansas participating in "Freaky Tuesday," as the two teams seemingly swapped personalities for the night. Some uncharacteristic lapses on both ends of the court, combined with the Razorbacks' hot start from beyond the three-point arc, doomed the Gators to a defeat that dropped them from not only the No. 1 overall spot but also the top line altogether. Making matters worse, Florida lost its heart and soul player, forward Will Yeguete, for the rest of the regular season to bone chips in his right knee. The Gators will need him back for the SEC and NCAA Tournaments to reach their true potential.

Arizona, a winner over Stanford on Wednesday night, jumps up to the No. 1 line to replace Florida.

Florida's defeat in Fayetteville was not the worst one by a top seed contender this week, as Kansas fell at TCU, the Big 12 newcomer which seemed to be well on its way to an 0-18 conference mark. CBS's Jerry Palm says its the worst loss in terms of RPI difference in the 20 years he's researched the statistic. That defeat, the Jayhawks' second in a row incidentally, might keep costing Kansas as the season rolls on.

While new bracket No. 1 Michigan eventually defeated Ohio State in a thrilling overtime game on Tuesday, the top team in the polls, Indiana, wasn't so lucky. The Hoosiers were stunned by Illinois on a Tyler Griffey buzzer-beater, mere tenths of a second after it appeared Victor Oladipo had blocked the Illini into an extra five minutes of action and possible bracket oblivion. Illinois would have fallen out of this projection completely with a loss. Now they occupy the final spot just above the First Four.

Duke remains on the top line along with Michigan, Indiana and Arizona, though the Blue Devils did their best to give away a huge lead at home against N.C. State on Thursday night.

At the bottom of the at-large pool, Baylor replaces Illinois in the First Four, where the Bears join Indiana State (which blasted Creighton in Terre Haute Wednesday to move to 2-1 against the Missouri Valley's two perceived lead teams), St. Mary's and Temple. Oklahoma State's Markel Brown's overtime winner sent Baylor to its third loss in four games against fellow second/bubble-tier Big 12 teams on Wednesday night in Stillwater.

Have you caught your breath yet? I hope so, since Selection Sunday is still five weeks away. Here's a long list of weekend games that have quite a bit to live up to after the past three evenings.


Temple at Dayton, 11 a.m. ET (ESPNU)
Michigan at Wisconsin, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Georgetown at Rutgers, 12 p.m. ET (BIg East Network/ESPN3)
Mississippi at Missouri, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Southern Illinois at Indiana State, 1 p.m. ET (WSIU)
Oklahoma State at Texas, 1:30 p.m. ET (Big 12 Network/ESPN3)
Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 1:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network/ESPN3)
North Carolina at Miami, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
St. Joseph's at Massachusetts, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Butler at George Washington, 2 p.m. ET (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/CSN Chicago)
USF at Villanova, 3 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Kansas at Oklahoma, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Memphis at Southern Mississippi, 4 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Texas Tech at Baylor, 4 p.m. ET (Big 12 Network Regional/ESPN3)
Auburn at Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network/ESPN3)
Mississippi State at Florida, 5 p.m. ET (SEC on FSN/ESPN3)
South Dakota State at Oakland, 5 p.m. ET (FS Detroit/FS North/FCS Atlantic)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Iowa State at Kansas State, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Fresno State at San Diego State, 6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Saint Louis at Richmond, 6 p.m. ET (WTVR/KPLR)
Stanford at Arizona State, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Oral Roberts at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. ET (CSN Houston)
Missouri State at Wichita State, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/FCS Central/ESPN3)
LSU at Alabama, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Wyoming at Boise State, 8 p.m. ET (no TV)
New Mexico at UNLV, 9 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Louisville at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
San Francisco at BYU, 9 p.m. ET (BYU TV)
Illinois State at Creighton, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Washington State at UCLA, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
St. Mary's at San Diego, 11 p.m. ET (ESPNU)


Indiana at Ohio State, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
St. John's at Syracuse, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Virginia at Maryland, 1 p.m. ET (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
N.C. State at Clemson, 1 p.m. ET (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Duke at Boston College, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Illinois at Minnesota, 6 p.m. ET (BTN)
California at Arizona, 7 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Washington at USC, 10 p.m. ET (FSN)
Colorado at Oregon State, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)


Marquette at Georgetown, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
TCU at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)

After the past three nights, who knows what weekend surprises lurk, and what changes are to come for Tuesday's bracket.