Bracketology Update 2/1
A big week of games, topped off by the Big 12/SEC Challenge, led to some significant movement in this week's seed list. See below for the risers and fallers of the week!
Risers of the Week:
Oklahoma: The Sooners began the week in the 7-8 seed range and have now jumped up to a 5. Following a win at Texas, Oklahoma defeated Alabama with a shorthanded lineup missing senior guards Austin Reaves and Alondes Williams. The Sooners are now top 20 in the NET and KenPom rankings and post a top 20 SOR.
Florida: Starting off the week as an 8 seed, Florida has moved up to a 6 after going 2-0 on the week. The Gators took home a win at West Virginia on Saturday and now have a top 20 NET and are top 30 across all other rankings. After its recent surge, Florida is now 2nd in the SEC.
Loyola Chicago: The Ramblers were out of the field to start the week but have made their way into the Last 4 In after going 2-0. Throughout its last 7-game win streak, Loyola Chicago has been winning by an average of 21 points. The key for the Ramblers down the stretch will be picking up good wins, such as their two opportunities against Drake in two weeks.
Fallers of the Week:
Colorado: Colorado was around a 6 seed at the beginning of the week but has dropped to an 8 after going 2-2 in its last four games, including losses to Washington and Utah. After a mid-season surge, the Buffs have gone a few weeks without a quality win, but will have a good opportunity coming up on Saturday against Arizona.
Saint Louis: The Billikens have been largely affected by COVID-19 pauses, leading them to drop from an 8 seed to an 11. Without playing games and therefore not being able to gain quality wins, the best win Saint Louis has this year came against LSU in November. If the Billikens are going to make a case at a tournament bid, they're going to need to fix their virus concerns and pick up wins quick.
Pittsburgh: Entering the week as an 11 seed, the Panthers have dropped out of the field after losing three games in a row, including a 26-point loss to Notre Dame. Pitt's losing streak has dropped it below 80 in the NET and KenPom rankings. With their next three games against Virginia Tech, Florida State and Louisville, the Panthers will ideally need to go 2-1 in that stretch to get back into the tournament picture.
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