Bracketology Update 1/25
It's been a wild week of college basketball, with a lot of big wins and tough losses for teams on the bubble. See below for the biggest risers and fallers of the week!
Risers of the Week:
BYU: The Cougars entered the week in the 9-10 seed range, but are now sitting at a 7 seed after an impressive showing. BYU defeated Portland and Pepperdine this past week by an average margin of 19.5. With a now top-30 NET ranking and top-15 SOR, this team is right where it needs to be at this point in the year.
Florida: Coming into the week, Florida was around an 11 seed, but has now given itself some breathing room after a 26-point win over Tennessee and a road win against Georgia. The Gators are now an 8 seed with top-30 NET and KenPom rankings and will have an opportunity to further improve their resume this Saturday against West Virginia.
Florida State: The Seminoles began the week in the 8-9 seed range but have now jumped up to a 4 seed after two double-digit wins over Louisville and Clemson. Florida State has won four straight games by an average of 18 points, and ranks in the top 20 in NET and has a top-10 SOR. At this point in the season, the Seminoles have become one of the clear frontrunners in the ACC.
Virginia: After it jumped up to a 5 seed last week, Virginia rose again to a 3 seed this week after a hard fought victory over a rising Georgia Tech team. The Cavaliers are now first place in the ACC, with top-10 NET and KenPom rankings and a top-20 SOR. Virginia will face two more tough opponents this week in Syracuse and Virginia Tech, with a chance to continue boosting its resume.
Fallers of the Week:
Oregon: Entering the week in the 6-7 seed range, the Ducks now sit around a 9 seed after an 11-point loss at home against Oregon State on Saturday. Along with having multiple games postponed, this loss took Oregon out of the top 40 in the NET. Still in search of its first Quad 1 win, Oregon will have a chance as it faces UCLA this week.
UConn: The Huskies came into the week around a 7-8 seed but are now at a 10 seed after going 0-2, including a loss to St. Johns. It's been a tough stretch for UConn who has been without sophomore guard James Bouknight. With metrics that have dropped significantly, the Huskies are hoping to get Bouknight back in the lineup to finish the second half of the season.
Minnesota: Coming into the week, Minnesota was a 4 seed but has now dropped to a 6 seed after a 14-point home loss to Maryland and a NET ranking that dropped into the 40s. Despite multiple home Quad 1 wins, the Golden Gophers are still without a road win this season, but will have a chance to improve their resume this week with games at Purdue and at Rutgers.
Clemson: The Tigers were around a 4 seed to start the week but have dropped to a 7 after three straight losses by an average of 24 points and a NET ranking below 50. Clemson still has a large number of quality wins to help its case, but will need to end its losing streak this week with matchups against Boston College and Duke.
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