The ability to win on the road is considered to be a factor that separates the good teams from the potentially great ones in college basketball. The latest bracketology has seen Arizona replace Tennessee as a projected No. 1 seed. The Wildcats had to work hard to win at Utah before they faced a quick turnaround against Colorado, and it was said that the Wildcats completed the weekend road sweep in a blowout fashion against the Buffaloes. Tennessee got significantly cooled at Texas A&M and their stay as a No. 1 seed was very short-lived, with Connecticut, Purdue and Houston retaining their No. 1 spot.
In terms of other changes, Clemson and Virginia are trending upwards, Wisconsin and Kentucky are headed the opposite way. A six-bid Mountain West Conference also remains a possibility.
The “Last four in” teams include Mississippi, Utah, Nebraska, and Nevada. The “First four out” are Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Villanova, and Wake Forest. While the “Next four out” teams are Colorado, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Providence.
In terms of a conference breakdown, the Big 12 has nine bids, the SEC has nine, the Big Ten has six bids, the Mountain West and ACC each have six, and the Pac-12, Big East, American Athletic, and the Atlantic 10 have less than six bids.
There are NCAA tournament bubble games to watch this week that include a game between Marquette and Butler and another game between Iowa State and Cincinnati. Also, St. John’s plays Providence, LSU plays Florida, Mississippi plays Kentucky, and New Mexico plays Nevada. Other games include Xavier at Seton Hall, Northwestern at Rutgers, Colorado at UCLA, and California at Washington State as well as Utah at Southern California.