With Duke’s loss at Miami last week, Michigan and Kansas both have a chance to climb to No. 1 in the polls. The Wolverines were second in the AP poll last week, while the Jayhawks were No. 2 in the coaches poll.
In today’s bracket, though, Kansas is the overall No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks have an unequaled seven top 50 RPI wins, including one at Ohio State, the place where Michigan picked up its only loss. Kansas also lost to a Big Ten team — Michigan State knocked off the Jayhawks on November 13.
Duke and Arizona complete the top line. The Wildcats move back up after Syracuse’s loss to Villanova.
Speaking of Villanova, what is in the water in Philly? The Wildcats had the best week anyone has had this year or in many years after taking down two top-five teams. They also beat Louisville earlier in the week. Ball State was the last unranked team to beat top five teams back-to-back in November 2001.
Runner up for best week is fellow Big 5 member La Salle, which won at VCU after beating Butler earlier in the week.
Both teams are big movers in the bracket. The Wildcats are in for the first time, while the Explorers move up three lines.
Miami deserves honorable mention for a fantastic week. The Hurricanes had been quietly having a good season, but were plenty loud this week. They handed Duke the third worst loss all-time for a No. 1 team, then followed with a 24-point win over Florida State. The ability to keep its level of play up after a big, emotional win shows a level of maturity in Miami that many other teams don’t have.
The banner year for the Mountain West is starting to fade a little. There are still six teams in the bracket but both Wyoming and Boise State have been coming down the last few weeks, and both took another step backward over the weekend. The Cowboys lost at home to Air Force, while the Broncos lost at Nevada.