At the top of the bracket, Big East regular season champion Villanova replaces Kansas, who fell at West Virginia despite a 41-point performance from Andrew Wiggins. The Jayhawks now have eight losses on the season, one more than the 2012 Michigan State team that currently holds the record for most defeats for a top seed. I'm not sure KU can break that mark, even with its computer numbers.
Florida, which just completed a perfect SEC regular season, is first overall, followed by Arizona, Wichita State and Villanova. Kansas, Wisconsin, Virginia and Michigan make up the two line, with Duke knocking on the door. The ACC/Big Ten conundrum among that quintet will sort itself out over the next week.
In terms of the bubble, Oregon (over Arizona), Pittsburgh (Clemson), Dayton (Richmond), Tennessee (Missouri), Baylor (Kansas State) and Stanford (Utah) were Saturday's big winners. California also got a helpful win over Colorado, but the Golden Bears are still just outside of the bracket this morning. On the other hand, Arkansas (losing at Alabama), Providence (Creighton), Arizona State (Oregon State), Georgetown (Villanova) and the aforementioned Missouri and Clemson didn't cover themselves in glory. The Friars dropped out of the bracket, while both the Razorbacks and Sun Devils saw their positions worsen, while still remaining in for now.
I'll take a look at Sunday's schedule after the morning bracket and rundown. You'll notice plenty of arrows beside seed numbers today, reflecting the jostling that took place on a hectic Saturday.
|(1) SOUTH |
|Orlando (Thu/Sat)||San Diego (Fri/Sun)|
|1||Florida (SEC)||1||Arizona (Pac-12)|
|16||Texas Southern/Weber State||*16||Wright State (Horizon)|
|↑ 8||Oregon||8 88||Iowa|
|9||Oklahoma State||↓ 9||Kansas State|
|San Diego (Fri/Sun)||San Antonio (Fri/Sun)|
|55 5||Michigan State||↑ 5||Saint Louis (A 10)|
|12||HARVARD (Ivy)||↓ 122||Nebraska|
|4||Cincinnati (AAC)||4||Iowa State|
|↑ 13||Stephen F. Austin (Southland)||↑ 13||Delaware (CAA)|
|Raleigh (Fri/Sun)||Spokane (Thu/Sat)|
|3||Duke||3||San Diego State (MW)|
|14||Georgia State (Sun Belt)||↑ 14||Vermont (AmEast)|
|Milwaukee (Thu/Sat)||Raleigh (Fri/Sun)|
|2||Michigan (Big Ten)||2||Virginia (ACC)|
|↑ 15||Robert Morris (NEC)||15||Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun)|
|(4) EAST |
New York (Fri/Sun)
|Buffalo (Thu/Sat)||St. Louis (Fri/Sun)|
|↑ 1||Villanova (Big East)||1||Wichita State (MVC)|
|16||Davidson (SoCon)||16||Coastal Carolina/Utah Valley|
|↓ 8||New Mexico||↑ 8||Baylor|
|↓ 9||SMU||9||St. Joseph's|
|Spokane (Thu/Sat)||San Antonio (Fri/Sun)|
|↑ 12||Louisiana Tech (C-USA)||12||North Dakota State (Summit)|
|13||Iona (MAAC)||13||Western Michigan (MAC)|
|Orlando (Thu/Sat)||Buffalo (Thu/Sat)|
|↑ 6||Ohio State||↓ 6||UCLA|
|*14||EASTERN KENTUCKY (OVC)||14||Boston U. (Patriot)|
|St. Louis (Fri/Sun)||Milwaukee (Thu/Sat)|
|↑ 7||George Washington||↓ 7||Connecticut|
|↓ 10||Arizona State||↑ 10||Pittsburgh|
|↓ 2||Kansas (Big 12)||2||Wisconsin|
|15||N.C. Central (MEAC)||15||UC Irvine (Big West)|
|FIRST FOUR (Dayton)|
|Tuesday: To Orlando||Tuesday: To Buffalo|
|*16||Texas Southern (SWAC)||↓ 11||Arkansas|
|16||Weber State (Big Sky)||11||Xavier|
|Wednesday: To St. Louis||Wednesday: To Raleigh
|16||Coastal Carolina (Big South)||^11||Dayton|
|16||Utah Valley (WAC)||*^11||Tennessee|
|BIDS BY CONFERENCE||AVOIDING DAYTON||ARRIVALS||DEPARTURES|
|Big 12: 7||Pittsburgh||Eastern Kentucky||Alabama State|
|A 10: 6||Stanford||Tennessee||Belmont|
|Big Ten: 6||Nebraska||Texas Southern||Green Bay|
|Pac-12: 6||BYU||Wright State||Providence|
|AAC: 5||LAST FOUR IN|
|Big East: 3||Dayton|
|WCC: 2||FIRST FOUR OUT|
|1-Bid Conferences: 22||California|
|NEXT FOUR OUT|
Also considered: Toledo, Georgia, Clemson, West Virginia, N.C. State, Utah, LSU, Marquette, Indiana, Richmond
Here's a quick look at what's ahead for the final day of the regular season:
- Three auto bids will be awarded this afternoon, and all bubble teams will be cheering for a Wichita State win over Indiana State in the Missouri Valley championship. Elsewhere, Coastal Carolina will take on in-state rival Winthrop for the Big South crown, and the top two in the Atlantic Sun -- Mercer and 2013 NCAA darling Florida Gulf Coast -- will meet in Fort Myers.
- Virginia, very much in the picture for a No. 2 seed, can keep itself in the hunt by defeating Maryland, while Saint Louis visits UMass in a crucial Atlantic 10 contest, especially since both are on the five line right now.
- Florida State, Minnesota, and N.C. State all need to win to improve their chances, with the Seminoles' home game against Syracuse being one of the more intriguing games of the day, considering the Orange's recent struggles. However, since the Golden Gophers host Penn State and the Wolfpack welcome Boston College to Raleigh, changes to those teams' positions relative to the cut line may not be immediate.
- Michigan State and Ohio State meet in Columbus with both teams in need of a late seeding boost.
- Finally, the regular season closes with Wisconsin's visit to Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers will look to grab one more big win heading into the Big Ten Tournament. A Husker win should put them in a fairly good position for Selection Sunday.
I'll update bracketology with Sunday's results on Monday morning. A couple of shorter updates will follow, until things start getting hectic with the start of the power conference tournaments on Wednesday afternoon. In the meantime, you can visit Blogging the Bracket, which features daily TV previews and morning recaps from a bracket perspective. You can also follow me during each night's action on Twitter @ChrisDobbertean.