Bracketology Update 3/8
Less than one week until we have an official NCAA Tournament bracket! Check out our seed list heading into the final week, with our risers and fallers listed below.
Risers of the Week:
Arkansas: After another 2-0 week, Arkansas has jumped from a 4 seed up to a 3 seed, with the potential opportunity to get itself in the 2-seed range. Arkansas finished the regular season ranked second in the SEC, with the upcoming conference tournament being its chance to get up to a 2 seed. The Razorbacks' NET also now ranks in the top 20.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys began the week in the 5-6 seed range but jumped up to a 3 seed after going 2-1 on the week. Despite a loss at Baylor, Oklahoma State took home 2 wins, including one at West Virginia without star freshman guard Cade Cunningham. The Cowboys have gone 7-2 over their last 9 games, with a top-30 NET ranking and a top-10 SOR.
LSU: At the start of the week, the Tigers were around a 9 seed, but have risen up to a 7 after a 2-0 week, highlighted by a win at Missouri. LSU is now in the top 30 across all metrics and ranks 3rd in the SEC heading into the conference tournament.
St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies started the week in the 10-11 seed range, but rose to a 9 seed after advancing to the A-10 tournament final this week with 2 conference tournament wins, including one over Saint Louis. St. Bonaventure is now safely in the NCAA tournament field and can solidify a 9 seed or better by beating VCU in the A-10 final on March 14.
Fallers of the Week:
Oklahoma: The Sooners began the week as a 4 seed but have dropped down to a 7 after going 0-2 on the week and losing 4 straight games. Oklahoma's NET now ranks outside the top 30 and the team sits at 7th in the conference. Despite the losses, the Sooners are still safely in the field, with many good wins on their resume to build on.
Seton Hall: Seton Hall was in the Last 4 In at the start of the week but is now out of the field after 4 straight losses and an 0-2 week. The Pirates only have one win over a team in the current tournament field since the start of 2021. Moving forward, the Big East tournament provides an opportunity for Seton Hall to win its way back in.
Richmond: The Spiders' bubble popped this week after 3 straight losses to end their season, including a 1st-round exit in the A-10 tournament. Despite Richmond no longer having a chance at the NCAA tournament, the team had a good season that unfortunately got affected early by COVID pauses.
Wisconsin: At the beginning of the week, the Badgers were around a 6 seed, but dropped to the lower end of the 7 seeds after going 0-2 on the week and losing 3 straight. Wisconsin has gone 7-9 over its last 16 games, with just two of those wins being over teams currently in the tournament. Despite the drop, the Big Ten tournament will provide a chance for the Badgers to get rolling again before March Madness.
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