OSU’s 77-70 overtime loss to Kansas shouldn’t hurt the Cowboys’ seeding for the NCAA Tournament. But OU’s 78-73 loss to Baylor could drop the Sooners a line on the bracket.
In my bracket projections, I dropped the Sooners from a No. 5 seed to a No. 6. And I kept the Cowboys at a No. 9.
Meanwhile, the day’s biggest upset — Villanova’s loss to Seton Hall — might not cost ‘Nova a No. 1 seed. For now. But if Kansas wins the Big 12 Tournament, or Wisconsin or Michigan win the Big Ten, or Syracuse, Duke or Virginia win the ACC, Villanova could be susceptible to falling to a No. 2.
With Selection Sunday only two days away, we continue the daily series on the projected tournament field, with seeds included. Remember, eight teams will be sent to Dayton, Ohio, for preliminary round games early next week, so the field is 68.
Here’s our best guess. For now:
1: Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, Villanova
2: Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Syracuse
3: Duke, Virginia, San Diego State, Creighton
4: Iowa State, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Louisville
5: Michigan State, Connecticut, Saint Louis, Ohio State
6: Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia Commonwealth, UCLA
7: New Mexico, George Washington, Kentucky, Massachusetts
8: Baylor, Memphis, Kansas State, Gonzaga
9: Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Colorado
10: Pittsburgh, SMU, Saint Joseph’s, Arizona State
11: Xavier, Nebraska, Dayton, Tennessee, Brigham Young
12: Providence, North Dakota State, Harvard, Conference USA champ, Iowa
13: Delaware, Manhattan, Mid-American champ, Southland champ
14: Mercer, Big West champ, Milwaukee, Georgia State
15: Mid-Eastern champ, Eastern Kentucky, American U., WAC champ
16: America East champ, Coastal Carolina, Mount St. Mary’s, Wofford, SWAC champ, Big Sky champ
Moving in Thursday: Providence
Moving out Thursday: Arkansas
Moving up Thursday: UConn, George Washington, Baylor, Colorado, Pitt, Stanford
Moving down Thursday: Oklahoma, Memphis, Oregon, SMU, Iowa, Arizona State
Last four in: BYU, Providence, Tennessee, Dayton
First four out: Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, St. John’s
Friday’s key games: Florida State-Virginia, Missouri-Florida, Pitt-North Carolina, Ohio State-Nebraska, Dayton-Saint Joseph’s, South Carolina-Tennessee, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Iowa State-Kansas, Seton Hall-Providence, Colorado-Arizona, UMass-George Washington, Baylor-Texas.
Multi-team conferences: Big Twelve 7, Big Ten 6, Atlantic Ten 6, Pac Twelve 6, ACC 5, American 5, Big East 4, SEC 3, Mountain West 2, West Coast 2.
Single-team conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC.