The countdown to Selection Sunday for the 2023 NCAA Tournament will hit seven weeks on Sunday, and conference races across the country are starting to take shape. But the sport’s hierarchy at the top remains a muddy picture, and that was evident again Saturday as a pair of top-five teams suffered defeats early in the day.
No. 5 UCLA took its first Pac-12 loss on the road against No. 11 Arizona as the Bruins went cold offensively in a 58-52 loss to the Wildcats, and No. 2 Kansas received a stunning beatdown at home from No. 14 TCU. Kansas’ 83-60 loss to the Horned Frogs continued a terrible week for the Jayhawks that has coincided with an excellent week for Kansas State.
The No. 13 Wildcats beat Kansas 83-82 in overtime on Tuesday and followed up with a 68-58 win at Texas Tech on Saturday that has led to a seismic shift on the No. 1 seed line in CBS Sports Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm’s projected NCAA Tournament field.
Despite the loss at Kansas State earlier in the week, the Jayhawks entered the day as a projected No. 1 seed. But after losing at home to TCU for the first time in program history, the Jayhawks will drop to a projected No. 2 seed, according to Palm.
Replacing them on the No. 1 line? You guessed it. Kansas State. The Wildcats are set to join Purdue, Houston and Alabama as No. 1 seeds in Monday’s updated NCAA Tournament projected bracket, according to Palm. There is a long way to go in the 2022-23 season, but Saturday showed how consequential the on-court results are at this point in the season. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest winners and biggest losers from the day’s action.
Winner: Kentucky keeps improving
Don’t look now, but next Saturday’s game between Kentucky and No. 2 Kansas could turn out to be a compelling matchup after all. After their stunning home loss to South Carolina on Jan. 10, the Wildcats have now strung together three straight wins following Saturday’s…
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Author : David Cobb
Publish date : 2023-01-22 03:21:22
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