A few of the No. 1 seeds gave us quite the scare on Wednesday night, but Arizona, Kansas and Syracuse each emerged victorious to remain on the top line (along with Florida) in the latest projected NCAA tournament bracket.
A handful of teams made major positive moves in the past 14 days, but Michigan takes the cake. The Wolverines jumped from a No. 9 seed all the way to a No. 3 seed. Elsewhere, Creighton, Duke and Oklahoma each climbed a few spots to claim No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.
On the downside, Baylor dropped from a No. 5 seed to the Ghost of Brackets Past after six losses in a span of seven games. Meanwhile, both Colorado and Oregon plummeted from a No. 7 seed down to a No. 11 seed, and Ohio State and Massachusetts each dropped three spots from a No. 3 seed to a No. 6 seed.
In recapping the rest of the field, we'll start out at the bottom by looking at the last five teams to be included and excluded from the field. We also will take a look at five teams that aren't quite deserving of being in the tournament discussion, but are creeping onto the radar.
After that, we'll present each seeded region, including the subregional locations in which each pod would be played, and some commentary on select teams. Then it's the ranking of the No. 1 seeds, followed by a summary of the entire field broken out by conference.
Win-loss records on the following slides exclude games played against opponents not in D-I. All Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and Strength of Schedule (SOS) rankings (via ESPN) are current through the start of play on Thursday, Jan. 30.