Our quick thoughts on Sunday's results:
We hate to say we told you so...but UConn is no longer a tournament team. For weeks we have been stunned at how many bracketologists have kept UConn a top-five seed despite the fact that the Huskies had a worse resume than most bubble teams and despite the fact that on the court, they have not looked at all worthy of a bid. Their poor play finally came to a head on Sunday, as they finished up an 0-2 week with a killer 68-63 loss in Ann Arbor to a Michigan team that hasn't been able to get out of its own way itself over the past few weeks. The Huskies were again awful from the perimeter (they hit 1-of-11 threes) and from the line (16-of-25) and they turned the ball over 17 times. As a result, they will find themselves in very unfamiliar territory on Monday morning - on the outside looking in at our Field of 65.
Was there anything more symbolic to the Huskies struggles this season than Stanley Robinson's airballed free-throw in the closing seconds? Yikes.
Note to Michigan fans: Nice rush, but save it for a good team next time.
Villanova made a very strong case to be a 1 seed this week by beating Georgetown 82-77 at the Wachovia Center. Scottie Reynolds led the way again for the Wildcats, scoring 27 points and making several key hustle plays in the second half as the Hoyas tried to made a comeback from a 15-point halftime deficit. As good as Greg Monroe was (29 points, 16 rebounds), Reynolds was even better.
As impressive as Villanova's performance was, they will remain on the 2 line this week in favor of Syracuse. Yes, the Wildcats are a game better in conference, but Syracuse still has an ever-so-slightly better OOC resume as well as a big road win over West Virginia. The Wildcats don't have a signature road win on their resume and they lost their biggest road test of the season at Temple. Both teams have a great argument for a 1, but we like the Orange just a little more.
Minnesota' spot in the bracket is on very, very thin ice after the Gophers lost another road game Sunday night at Indiana. Minnesota has now lost three of four overall and is now an atrocious 1-4 on the road, but they will still hang on to one of the final spots on our field next week for a couple of reasons. Their OOC win over Butler is nice and their win over Ohio State is looking better by the day. The Gophers also have Michigan State coming in this week. If they don't win that game they'll be out of our next bracket, but we kind of like their chances at home with their bracket lives on the line.
Of notes: Duke beat Wake Forest at home (thanks to a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds from Miles Plumlee); Buffalo beat Akron at home.