Tuesday’s action caused a bit of a shakeup in the 4-6 seed range of the bracket. Indiana moved up to the 4-line after winning at Iowa to clinch the Big Ten regular-season title.
One of the reasons that the Hoosiers aren’t higher than that is because only four of their 14 conference wins have come against the other five top-50 RPI teams in the league. Losses to Penn State, UNLV and Wake Forest are also holding them back some.
The bigger story, at least as far as the bracket is concerned, is Iowa’s freefall continuing. The Hawkeyes’ only win over the past six games was a four-point nailbiter at home against Minnesota.
Iowa still only has one bad loss at Penn State, but that’s the game that really started this prolonged slump. The Hawkeyes have fallen to a No. 6 seed in the bracket and, for the first time, are not bracketed to play in Des Moines.
Baylor mounted an incredible comeback at Oklahoma, but ultimately fell short. The Bears were down 26 points with a minute to go in the first half, but climbed all the way back and took the lead with just under four minutes to go.
They ran out of gas after that and the Sooners escaped with the win. Baylor dropped from a four to a five, in part because of the loss and in part because Indiana moved up.