In the world of college basketball, winning games on the opposing team’s home court is a crucial factor that separates good teams from great ones. The latest bracketology update has seen Arizona replace Tennessee as a projected No. 1 seed after completing a weekend road sweep against Colorado and an overtime win at Utah. This victory cooled down a previously hot Tennessee team and resulted in their short-lived stay as No. 1 on the top line.
The other three regional header teams, Connecticut, Purdue, and Houston, have maintained their positions. Additionally, Clemson and Virginia are trending upwards while Wisconsin and Kentucky are moving in the opposite direction. It is also possible for the Mountain West Conference to receive a six-bid invitation.
Within the “last four in” slots, two of the moving teams are Mississippi and Utah while Nebraska and Nevada are also contenders for this spot. The “first four out” includes Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Villanova, and Wake Forest while Colorado, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Providence are part of the “next four out” clubs.
There will be several “bubble games” happening over the next week to determine which teams will make it to the NCAA tournament. These include Marquette at Butler, Iowa State at Cincinnati, St. John’s at Providence, LSU at Florida, Mississippi at Kentucky and New Mexico at Nevada on February 14th while Xavier at Seton Hall, Northwestern at Rutgers, Colorado at UCLA, California at Washington State and Utah at Southern California will take place on February 15th. All times mentioned in this article are in Eastern Time.