The post season rankings are out., and just in time to help you fill out your brackets.
Florida and Wichita State remain one and two, while Louisville has jumped up seven spots. Ranked 12th last week, they moved all the way up to 5th this week after winning the AAC Title. It's not often the 5th ranked team in the nation ends up as a 4-seed in the big dance. Don't let their seeding fool you, they're a very good basketball team.
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SMU was the biggest loser of the week after three straight losses knocked them out of the Top 25, and even worse, from the NCAA Tournament.
The Big 12 has four teams in the rankings this week. Check out where they fell, and what their Tournament future looks like.
There's been a changing of the guard for the highest ranked Big 12 team. Iowa State won the Big 12 tournament, and it was enough to leapfrog the Jayhawks. The Cyclones are 9th in the country and were selected to a 3-seed in the East Region. They play 14-seed NC Central in their first game, and are expected to make a deep run in the Tournament. For more on the Cyclones check out Wide Right And Natty Light.
Speaking of Kansas, they come in just one spot behind Iowa State at 10th. The Jayhawks are a 2-seed in the Tournament and face 15-seed Eastern Kentucky in the first round. They should make the Sweet Sixteen before they run into any speed bumps. An early exit would be a disaster for the program. Check out Rock Chalk Talk to get more on the Jayhawks.
OU lost in the Big 12 Tournament Quarter Finals, but moved up in the polls. The Sooners enter the NCAA Tournament ranked 21st in the country, and are a 5-seed in the West Region. The same region as Oklahoma State. The Sweet Sixteen could be bedlam! Check out Crimson and Cream Machine for the latest on the Sooners.
Baylor may have fallen to ISU in the Big 12 Championship, but it was enough to break into the rankings at the 23rd spot. The Bears are also in the West Region as a 6-seed. They will see 11-seed Nebraska in the the first round. A possible rematch with the Pokes wouldn't be possible until the Elite Eight. Read more about the Bears over at Our Daily Bears.
Outside Looking In
Texas is the only other Big 12 team to receive votes this week. The Longhorns are a 7-seed in the Midwest Region. They have 10-seed Arizona State up first. If Texas makes it to the next round they would most likely face a good Michigan team. Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival have the latest on the Longhorns.
AP Top 25 Poll
|1||Florida Gators (50)||32-2||1610||1|
|2||Wichita St. Shockers (15)||34-0||1571||2|
|8||Duke Blue Devils||26-8||1121||5|
|9||Iowa State Cyclones||26-7||1055||14|
|11||Michigan State Spartans||26-8||950||7|
|13||San Diego State Aztecs||29-4||890||9|
|17||New Mexico Lobos||27-6||623||10|
|19||North Carolina Tar Heels||23-9||424||NR|
|22||Ohio State Buckeyes||25-9||167||18|
|24||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||26-8||140||20|
|25||Saint Louis Billikens||26-6||131||17|
Also Receiving Votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, Stephen F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, Saint Joseph's 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, Massachusetts 3, Tennessee 2, Western Michigan 1, North Carolina Central 1
Dropped from rankings: Memphis 19, Southern Methodist 25
USA Today Coaches Poll
|1||Florida Gators (26)||32-2||794||1|
|2||Wichita State Shockers (6)||34-0||774||2|
|6||Duke Blue Devils||26-8||609||6|
|9||Iowa St. Cyclones||26-7||492||16|
|11||San Diego State Aztecs||29-4||482||7|
|13||Michigan State Spartans||26-8||394||22|
|17||New Mexico Lobos||27-6||314||20|
|18||North Carolina Tar Heels||23-9||239||15|
|21||Saint Louis Billikens||26-6||107||17|
|24||Ohio State Buckeyes||25-9||91||24|
|25||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||26-8||63||25|
Also Receiving Votes: Others receiving votes: Memphis 61, Gonzaga 50, Baylor 41, Pittsburgh 26, Texas 15, Stephen F. Austin 13, Saint Joseph's 10, Southern Methodist 8, Nebraska 6, Providence 3, Southern Miss 2, Harvard 2, George Washington 1, Tulsa 1, Iowa 1
Dropped from rankings: Memphis 19, Southern Methodist 23