Bracketology: Virginia a new No. 1 seed after Iowa falls to a No. 2

There were games played Thursday and that can mean only one thing – another shakeup at the top of the bracket.

Bracketology

Jerry Palm’s projected bracket

Iowa lost at Indiana on Thursday night and the defeat dropped the Hawkeyes down from the top line. Iowa is a No. 2 seed now and was replaced as a No. 1 by Virginia.

The Cavaliers have eight RPI top 50 wins, and all eight of those teams are in the bracket, or would be, in the case of Louisville. Only Oregon has more top 50 wins with nine, and the Ducks likely would have grabbed that top spot instead of Virginia, but they got crushed at Cal last night for their fifth defeat of the season.

Other notable items from Friday’s bracket update:

  • Texas A&M continues to slide down the bracket. The Aggies have now lost four out of five, with the one win being a non-conference game against Iowa State. It’s odd that in the middle of this funk, the only bright spot turns out to be Texas A&M’s best win of the year.
  • The American Athletic Conference continues to be a muddle. Temple and UConn are hard to figure out. The Owls are now the league leaders after defeating the Huskies on Thursday night. Temple is now 6-0 against SMU, Tulsa, Cincinnati and Connecticut, having swept the Bearcats and Huskies, but has losses to Houston, Memphis and East Carolina. Those losses are largely why the Owls are a bubble team.
  • UConn has arguably the league’s two best non-conference wins over Texas and Michigan, but is 0-4 against Tulsa, Temple and Cincinnati. The Huskies haven’t played SMU yet. Their inability to beat the better teams in their own league is why they find themselves squarely on the bubble.

Iowa's loss to Indiana cost the Hawkeyes a No. 1 seed in the most recent Bracketology. (USATSI)
Iowa’s loss to Indiana cost the Hawkeyes a No. 1 seed in the most recent Bracketology. (USATSI)

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