Monday, February 5, 2018

Xavier moves to top line after Duke and Kansas fall

It was just another Saturday in college basketball. Purdue escaped with a two-point victory at Rutgers, while Kansas lost at home to Oklahoma State and Duke went up to Madison Square Garden and lost to St. John's. That's the St. John's that is currently 0-11 in Big East play.

The beneficiary of the Jayhawks and Blue Devils losing? That would be Xavier. The Musketeers are 21-3, No. 3 in RPI, 5-3 against RPI Group 1 and 10-3 against Groups 1 and 2. They have the edge right now on SEC leader Auburn, who is currently No. 5 on the board. Kansas and Duke are both on the No. 2 line, along with Clemson.

On the other side of the bracket, a team that has really struggled of late and is now on the outside looking in is Notre Dame. The Irish are now just 12-10 overall and fell to 3-7 in ACC play after Saturday's loss to North Carolina State, who is among the last four in. No team has finished more than two games under .500 in conference play and received at at-large bid since 1998. Notre Dame sits among the first four out entering the week, along with UCLA, Georgia and Marquette. Along with the Wolf Pack, Virginia Tech, Houston, and LSU are your current last four in.

Here is your full updated bracket with roughly five weeks left before Selection Sunday.

Last Four Byes: Providence, Arkansas, USC, Temple
Last Four In: North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Houston, LSU
First Four Out: UCLA, Georgia, Notre Dame, Marquette
Next Four Out: Western Kentucky, South Carolina, SMU, Kansas State

Conference Rundown

ACC - 9
SEC - 9
Big 12 - 6
Big East - 6
AAC - 4
Big Ten - 4
Pac-12 - 4
West Coast - 2
One-bid leagues - 24

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