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Five ACC Teams Make the Bracket This Week.
In: Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
Worth a Mention: Maryland, Miami
Notes: Miami lost a great opportunity on Wednesday night, losing at home to North Carolina. Virginia Tech’s resume took a hit with a 15-point loss at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night; the Hokies really need to beat Miami at home this weekend. They currently have two wins vs. teams in this week’s bracket — vs. Oklahoma State and Florida State.
America East (1)
In: Richmond, Temple, Xavier
Worth a Mention: Dayton, Duquesne, Rhode Island
Notes: Richmond, the preseason pick to win the league, picked up a big win at Dayton on Tuesday night. The Spiders have a few troubling losses (at Iona, vs. Bucknell), but they also have a win over Purdue — something most bubble teams can’t match. Duquesne is 6–0 in the league but has no good non-conference wins.
Big 12 (6)
In: Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M
Worth a Mention: Baylor, Colorado
Notes: Colorado has lost three in a row after its 3–0 start. No shame in losing to Kansas at home, but the losses at Nebraska (who is decent) and Oklahoma are damaging. There’s not much to like or dislike about Oklahoma State’s resume. Kansas State is off to a slow start in league play (2–4), but the Wildcats do have wins over Virginia Tech, Gonzaga and Washington State.
Big East (11)
In: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia
Worth a Mention: None
Notes: Just like last week, Marquette is the only team on the bubble. The Golden Eagles are a good team that has lost a bunch of close games to good teams. They have two good wins (Notre Dame, West Virginia), but both were at home. At some point, Marquette will have to break through with a road win.
Big Sky (1)
In: Northern Colorado
Big South (1)
In: Coastal Carolina
Big Ten (6)
In: Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Worth a Mention: Northwestern, Penn State
Notes: No change in the Big Ten this week. Northwestern missed two more opportunities to pick up quality wins, losing at home to Wisconsin and at Minnesota. Penn State was among the final teams out this week. The Lions have a huge week, hosting Wisconsin on Saturday and traveling to struggling Illinois on Tuesday.
Big West (1)
In: Long Beach
In: Old Dominion, VCU
Worth a Mention: Hofstra
Notes: VCU is 7–1 in the league and has a solid win over UCLA in New York in its back pocket. The Rams cannot afford many, if any, bad losses in the CAA. Old Dominion has a stronger non-conference profile (wins over Clemson, Xavier, Richmond and Dayton) but already has three league losses — at Delaware, at Drexel, vs. VCU.
Conference USA (1)
Worth a Mention: UAB, UTEP
Notes: Memphis has made a big jump in the past few weeks, thanks to home wins over Marshall and UCF sandwiched around two quality road wins, at Southern Miss and UAB. UCF has plummeted from solidly in the field to not even on the bubble.
In: Cleveland State
Worth a Mention: Butler, Valparaiso
Notes: Butler was among the final teams out of the field. The Bulldogs have wins over Florida State, Washington State and Cleveland State but lost to Evansville and were swept by Milwaukee. They have a huge game at Valparaiso this weekend.
In: Ball State
In: Missouri State, Wichita State
Note: Wichita State was one of the last teams in the bracket. The Shockers don’t have any bad losses, but they don’t really have any wins that jump off the page, either. Their regular-season finale at Missouri State could be huge.
Mountain West (3)
In: BYU, San Diego State, UNLV
Worth a Mention: Colorado State
Notes: Colorado State is still hanging around, with its mid-50s RPI, but the Rams will need to pick up a few more big wins in the league. Beating UNLV on the road was great, but there is still more work to be done.
In: Long Island
In: Austin Peay
In: Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Washington State
Worth a Mention: None
Notes: UCLA and Washington are far from secure. UCLA has a decent RPI (48), a good win over Washington State and a really good win over BYU. Wazzu was the last team in; the Cougs win over Gonzaga isn’t looking quite as impressive of late.
In: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Worth a Mention: South Carolina
Notes: No change this week in the SEC. All five teams are in pretty good shape. South Carolina missed an opportunity for another big win, losing at home by nine points to Kentucky.
In: College of Charleston
In: McNeese State
Sun Belt (1)
In: Florida Atlantic
In: Jackson State
In: Utah State
In: Saint Mary’s
Worth a Mention: Gonzaga
Notes: Gonzaga slid out of the bracket, thanks to back-to-back-to-back losses at Santa Clara and San Francisco and at home to Saint Mary’s.