As college basketball fans know, winning games on the opposing team’s home court is a crucial factor that sets apart good teams from potentially great ones. In recent bracketology updates, Arizona has been projected as a No. 1 seed, replacing Tennessee. This was earned after Arizona completed a weekend road sweep in blowout fashion against Colorado and then quickly bounced back from an overtime win at Utah to cool off a hot Tennessee team. The other three regional header teams, Connecticut, Purdue, and Houston, remain in their positions.
However, there are other changes happening within the “last four in” and “first four out” slots. Mississippi and Utah are moving upwards, while Nebraska and Nevada are sliding downwards. Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Villanova, and Wake Forest have been included in the “next four out” clubs.
It’s worth noting that there are multiple “multi-bid leagues” within college basketball, including the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, Mountain West, ACC, Big East, Atlantic 10, and Pac-12. With all of these leagues having multiple bid teams vying for spots in the tournament field.
As we head towards the NCAA tournament season there will be several “bubble games” happening over the next week which will determine which teams make it into the tournament field or not. Some of the bubble games that will happen include Marquette at Butler on February 9th and Iowa State at Cincinnati on February 10th , St John’s at Providence on February 12th , LSU at Florida on February 13th , Mississippi at Kentucky on February 14th and New Mexico at Nevada also on February 14th . These games are happening at different times so it’s important to keep track of them to see how they affect each team’s chances of making it into the tournament field.