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For this bracket update, we look to the bubble where an ever-increasing amount of teams are making their case for an at-large bid.
With losses to top-notch teams, Arizona State and Ohio State move to the last two teams in. The Sun Devils have wins over Xavier and Arizona twice, but its RPI of 74 is troublesome as well as its 7-8 conference record. Its game vs. Oregon next week figures to eliminate one team from consideration. The Buckeyes have no wins of significance. Sure they're 8-7 in conference, but its best conference win was against Minnesota. With the schedule finishing up at home against Purdue and Michigan State, there is no room for error.
Maryland moves back into the bracket with its win over Wake Forest, which moves out. Also moving in is Kentucky, where a 10-3 SEC conference record can't be denied. It'll be interesting to see if they can stay afloat without Patrick Patterson on the court. Nobody else really passed the eye test, so Syracuse moves back in after not playing this week.
New Mexico is on the doorstep but needs to beat UNLV to get at least one top 50 win on its resume.
Now the rundown:
Big East - 8, Big 12 - 6, Pacific-10 - 6, SEC - 6, ACC - 5, Big 10 - 5, Atlantic 10 - 2, Missouri Valley - 2, Mountain West - 2, West Coast - 2
New teams in the bracket:
Kentucky, Loyola-Maryland, Maryland, Navy, Syracuse
Teams out of the bracket:
American, Niagara, St. Joseph's, Villanova, Wake Forest
Last 4 Teams In:
Kentucky, Maryland, Arizona State, Ohio State
Last 4 Teams Out:
Illinois State, New Mexico, Oregon, Western Kentucky