Not an overly eventful night on Thursday, but a couple minor moves for the AAC’s finest.

Cincinnati and SMU, the latter of which swapped seeds with Wisconsin after it lost to Iowa at home, have moved to lock status after taking care of business last night.   That brings the total locks to 27, with at least 19 of the 36 At-Large bids spoken for.

1 Kansas (Big 12) Villanova (BigEast) Gonzaga (WCC) UCLA
2 Butler North Carolina (ACC) Oregon (Pac 12) Baylor
3 Arizona Kentucky (SEC) Louisville Duke
4 Virginia Florida State West Virginia Florida 
5 Minnesota Creighton Notre Dame Purdue (B1G)
6 Iowa State SMU Maryland Cincinnati
7 South Carolina Wisconsin St Mary’s Virginia Tech
8 Miami FL Dayton (A-10) Northwestern Oklahoma State
9 USC Michigan Arkansas Marquette
10 Michigan State Seton Hall Wake Forest Illinois
11 Middle Tenn (CUSA) UNC-Wilmington (CAA) Wichita St / Xavier VCU / Vanderbilt
12 Vermont (A-East) Houston (AAC) Illinois State (MVC) Nevada (MWC)
13 E Tenn St (SoCon) Monmouth (MAAC) Belmont (OVC) Princeton (IVY)
14 UT-Arlington (SUN) Bucknell (PAT) Winthrop (BigSouth) Oakland (HOR)
15 North Dakota St (SUM) Ohio (MAC) Cal St Bakersfield (WAC) FGCU (A-Sun)
16 NC Central (MEAC) / UC Irvine (Big West) Mt St Mary’s (NEC) / TX Southern (SWAC) New Orleans (SLAND) EWU (Big Sky)

A closer inspection on VCU has warranted a drop from a No. 10 seed to the First Four.  As a result of sliding VCU down a notch, Rhode Island–whose second-best win is against VCU–has been nudged out of the field for the moment, with Vanderbilt sneaking back in.  More on our change-of-heart on VCU on the HI/LO page.

Head-scratching losses by Wisconsin and California (a 30-point beat-down at Utah)  created some ripples among the teams currently outside the bracket.  Iowa is now only behind a handful of teams waiting to get in, and Cal is now all but done entirely,  barring two huge wins in the Pac-12 Tournament.




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