The asymptotic approach to the selection show continues, and the updates become more frequent. So I’ll get some quick hits in on big movers and the bubble.
Providence’s Big East quarterfinal defeat of Butler was the biggest game of Thursday. The Friars jumped from 48th to 38th overall, and from a 12 to a 9 on the seed lines, while the Bulldogs slipped 10 spots and into a First Four 11-seed from a 9. Vanderbilt’s excruciating loss to Tennessee was very Vanderbilt, my Commodore friends tell me, and kicked them down to the 10 line from the 8 line in this ranking.
The bubble rundown:
Last Four Byes: Connecticut, Colorado, Tulsa, Oregon State
First Four: Florida, Butler, St. Bonaventure, USC
First Four Out: Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse
Next Four Out: Michigan, Monmouth, Houston, Georgia Tech
Check out the spreadsheet here for all the details, or look below the fold for the seed list.
1s: Kansas, Virginia, Villanova, Oklahoma
2s: North Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan State, Xavier
3s: Miami, Oregon, Kentucky, Indiana
4s: Purdue, Utah, California, Arizona
5s: Maryland, Iowa State, Duke, Texas A&M
6s: Iowa, Baylor, Texas, Seton Hall
7s: Wichita State, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin
8s: Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Dayton, Texas Tech
9s: San Diego State, VCU, Saint Joseph’s, Providence
10s: Yale, Vanderbilt, Valparaiso, Connecticut
11s: Colorado, Tulsa, Oregon State, Florida, Butler
12s: St. Bonaventure, USC, Arkansas-Little Rock, South Dakota State, Akron
13s: Stephen F. Austin, UNC Wilmington, Northern Iowa, Iona
14s: Stony Brook, Chattanooga, UC Irvine, New Mexico State
15s: Middle Tennessee, Green Bay, UNC Asheville, Weber State
16s: Texas Southern, Florida Gulf Coast, Austin Peay, Hampton, Fairleigh Dickinson, Holy Cross