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Bracketology: Struggling Kansas holds on to a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament bracket projection

That was an exciting weekend. Unless you were a fan of a No. 1 seed. Then, it was pretty harrowing.

Kansas got drilled at home by TCU 83-60 on Saturday to start things off. It was the Horned Frogs’ first win at Allen Fieldhouse. At the time, it appeared that would knock the Jayhawks off the top line of the bracket.

However, Houston had other ideas. The Cougars dropped a game at home to Temple 56-55. For now, that’s a Quadrant 3 loss for Houston and that sent the Cougars down to a No. 2 seed and preserved a spot on the top line for Kansas. The Jayhawks are now fourth overall, behind rival Kansas State, which replaced Houston as a No. 1 seed.

Before that, Purdue tried and somehow failed to blow a 16-point lead to Maryland at Mackey Arena. The Terrapins rallied and had a chance to send the game to overtime on the final shot, but it missed. The Boilermakers remain the overall No. 1 seed.

Only Alabama had an easy go of it for teams at the top of the bracket. The Crimson Tide throttled Mizzou and are still the overall No. 2 seed.

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Check out Palm’s latest bracket, full field of 68 and all the teams on the bubble on the Bracketology hub.

Looking back at a bad loss

TCU has moved up to the No. 3-line with that win over Kansas. The Horned Frogs are the highest seeded team with a Quad 4 loss and the only such team in the top half of the bracket.

Northwestern State, currently ranked 190th in the NET, knocked off TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, back on Nov. 14, but the Horned Frogs were without two starters, including star Mike Miles Jr. The NCAA Tournament selection committee does give some consideration for teams playing games shorthanded, but losses are still losses. They do not ignore the game nor pretend the team may have won at full strength. In the end, they give a little more weight to how a team played over the course of the season with the roster it is…


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Author : Jerry Palm

Publish date : 2023-01-23 18:30:10

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2023-01-23

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