|2||West Virginia||Kansas||North Carolina||Oklahoma|
|3||Xavier||Michigan St.||Texas Tech||Wichita St.|
|7||Nevada||Ohio St.||Texas A&M||Gonzaga|
|9||Rhode Island||Missouri||Texas||Notre Dame|
|12||Missouri St.||New Mexico St.||Buffalo||Western Kentucky|
|13||South Dakota St.||Vermont||East Tennessee St.||Towson|
|14||Stephen F. Austin||Murray St.||UC Davis||Louisiana Lafayette|
|15||Northern Kentucky||Iona||Bucknell||Florida Gulf Coast|
Yesterday Kansas beat West Virginia, Florida State lost to Boston College, and of course Michigan beat Maryland. But if you're Michigan, you wouldn't be too upset with the draw shown here. Missouri is weak and Virginia, while always formidable, has a recent history of struggling in the tournament, and could be a team Michigan exploits. I'd certainly take this draw, but they're probably more like a 7 now after the week they just had.
It's probably time to talk about Purdue. Yeah, would you look at that: Purdue suddenly accomplishes what Michigan State couldn't the last few weeks and climbs to the 1 line. In reality, the top three overall seeds are rock solid right now and Purdue, Oklahoma, and North Carolina are all extremely close, but my choice went to the Boilermakers after looking at their impressive resume. They currently have wins over Louisville, Arizona, Michigan, Butler, Marquette, Maryland and Minnesota, and their only 2 losses are both to tournament teams. With a corps of seniors, a consistent style of play, and a very winnable conference, the Boilermakers could hang on to their current position. I'll be at Mackey for their rematch with Michigan next week, so I'll be hoping Michigan makes their path to a 1 a bit more difficult.
Speaking of Michigan. Yeah, what a week. Since we spoke last, Michigan took the aforementioned Boilermakers to the brink, ran Sparty off their home floor, and won a wacky first half slog turned second half barnburner against Maryland. Apparently that's only enough to raise them one seed, but they're moving up right now and I expect that to continue with an easier slate this week against Nebraska and Rutgers. I tweeted the win probability graph yesterday but I'll throw it in here again since it looks so nice:
The Wolverines have won 9 of their last 10. Let's keep the wins coming.