Bracketology Update 2/15
One month out from Selection Sunday, the race for a tournament bid is heating up. With conference tournaments quickly approaching, every game means more. Check out below our risers and fallers from this past week!
Risers of the Week:
VCU: The Rams were part of the Last 4 In heading into the week but have jumped up to a 10 after going 2-0, including a win against St. Bonaventure. VCU took over first place in the A-10 from the Bonnies following it's 5-game win streak and now posts a top-35 NET and SOR.
LSU: After going 2-0 on the week, including a big win at home against Tennessee, the Tigers have moved from the 11-12 seed range up to a 9 seed. LSU's metrics have continued to rise in recent weeks with it now ranking in the top 30 in NET. Preparing to close out the regular season, the Tigers are now tied for second in the SEC.
Oklahoma: At the start of the week, Oklahoma was sitting in the 4-5 seed range but has moved to the upper end of the 3 seeds after a double-overtime win against West Virginia. The Sooners have a top 10 SOR and top 20 NET ranking and currently sit at 2nd place in the Big 12 – arguably one of the strongest conferences in the NCAA.
Fallers of the Week:
Toledo: The Rockets dropped from a 12 to a 13 seed this week after losing two games in a row to teams outside the top 100 and posting a NET ranking under 65. While Toledo's chances of earning an at-large bid are diminishing, the team still sits in first place in the MAC and are the favorites to get the conference's auto-bid.
North Carolina: After a loss this week at Virginia, the Tar Heels have dropped from a 9 to an 11 seed. While it isn't a bad loss, UNC still has only one win against teams in our tournament field, which is Last 4 In Stanford. The Tar Heels' metrics have remained stagnant, but they will have a chance to pick up a good win this Saturday against Louisville.
Missouri: The Tigers began the week in the 3-4 seed range but dropped to the top of the 5 seeds after losses to Ole Miss and Arkansas. While Missouri was without senior forward Jeremiah Tilmon in its overtime loss to the Razorbacks, the team's NET has fallen outside of the top 35. The Tigers still have a solid resume, however, with many opportunities left to pick up good wins.
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