Saturday afternoon brought a tempting first look at a bracket. Then a variety of those teams that were seeded by the selection committee went on to lose hours later. Hey, that’s the fluid nature of college basketball’s season and a tip that a lot will change between now and Choice Sunday, which is precisely one month away.

Here are my top 10 takeaways from a beautiful Valentine’s Day weekend in college hoops.

What to know: Bracket reveal

The Division I Basketball Choice Committee’s top 16 expose from Saturday afternoon provides a few bits to keep in mind. As a refresher, here was the top16 Twelve of these 16 groups played over the weekend, going a combined 8-4.

1. Gonzaga
2. Baylor
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. Illinois
6. Villanova
7. Alabama
8. Houston
9. Virginia
10 West Virginia
11 Tennessee
12 Oklahoma
13 Iowa
14 Texas Tech
15 Texas
16 Missouri

Although the committee is using S-curve principles to construct the bracket this season (location isn’t an aspect due to the fact that the entire tournament will be in Indiana), it’s essential to keep in mind that there are bracketing procedures that preclude high-end conference opponents from conference prior to the Sweet 16.

Think About that the Big Ten had 3 of the top 5 seeds.

Fantastic news for Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Ohio State fans: In the previous 3 years of the February bracket reveal that later on had an NCAA Competition (2017-19), three of the four No. 1 seeds in February held the top line in March. (While there was no 2020 NCAA Competition, the forecasts last year likewise kept this pattern.) And in the 3 previous years we did have a tournament, among the 4 No. 1 seeds in February went on to win the nationwide title: North Carolina in 2017, Villanova in 2018, Virginia in2019

If the top 16 looked strange to you, well, you would not be incorrect. It was unquestionably doing not have big-brand presence. Only four schools seeded have actually won an NCAA Tournament: Michigan, Ohio State, Villanova, Virginia.

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Michigan capsizes Wisconsin

The No. 3 Wolverines waited 23 days in between games, came down by 14 on the road versus a ranked team and after that handled to double-up No. 21 Wisconsin 40-20 in the second half en path to a 67-59 win. That was excellent. In fact, it’s probably Michigan’s the majority of remarkable win this season, which it closed with a 13 -2 run. Juwan Howard’s group didn’t make the committee appearance bullish for slotting them No. 3 overall. Considering this was a standalone Sunday game, it just improves the Wolverines’ profile overall also.

Enable me to gush about that 2nd half efficiency, as the cumulative defensive showing sliced away at a double-digit Wisconsin lead (the inadvertent elbow with Brad Davison’s didn’t assist Bucky; Michigan turned the game afterwards). Hunter Dickinson, Isaiah Livers, Chaundee Brown, Franz Wagner and Eli Brooks held UW to simply under 0.62 points per belongings in the second half. Totally switched off Wisconsin’s water. The Badgers fell off a cliff in the second half, shooting 25%and scoring a simple 20 points while shooting 1 of 13 from 3-point variety.

Dickinson had 11 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. He’s a top-five freshman in the country. Livers had a game-high 20 points, however Dickinson’s play represented why Michigan can win a nationwide title. He is special. One last thing: As much as I wish to credit Dickinson’s play entirely, the reality exists’s no reason for Wisconsin bigs Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers to finish with no rebounds. That must never take place.

Two-bid Valley? It’s still alive

If you’re the type to root for small conferences to earn at-large quotes, then the Missouri Valley is the league for you this year. No. 22 Loyola Chicago and Drake ended up splitting their series this weekend, boosting both groups’ at-large cases in the process. It was the very best possible situation for the Valley. On Saturday, Loyola Chicago steamrolled its way to an 81-54 road win over the Bulldogs. On Sunday, Drake again was at house and won a slugfest, hanging on 51-50 in overtime to improve to 20 -2 and notch its first Quadrant 1 win.

Here’s why it’s so significant for Drake: The Bulldogs got this win despite not having their finest player. Tank Hemphill is Drake’s leading scorer and rebounder. He recently had surgical treatment on his left foot. He’ll be out, minimally, up until the start of the NCAA Tournament. This was huge. Loyola Chicago and Drake are now both 1-1 in the leading quadrant with both those outcomes having coming versus the other. The Ramblers sit at 18 -4. They began the day 10 th in the NET, while Drake was 40 th. I ‘d venture Loyola-Chicago will still be amongst the top 20 on Monday early morning, while Drake will return into the top35 It’s important both of these groups don’t lose again prior to the Missouri Valley Tournament, which will start in just over two weeks’ time.

A new Creighton emerges?

Creighton’s insistent 86-70- win over No. 5 Villanova was the Bluejays’ best win this season and an emphatic pronouncement. When we went over the Jays in the preseason as a potential equivalent to Villanova in the Big East, this is the group we wanted. Turns out being an underdog on their home flooring is all the motivation the team needed.

” We have actually been the hunted, really, for a month,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said Saturday night. “We have actually been most likely the favorite in every game we have actually been ranked. Everyone has a little additional motivation– throughout a year where it’s kind of difficult to discover motivation– to play us. Today, we got to play a top-five team in the nation and it provided, I believe, us a little more juice.”

Star guard Marcus Zegarowski also lastly had his statement video game. The preseason Big East Player of the Year had knee surgery last spring, then was out again for six weeks in October and November. In January, another short problem (hamstring) hampered him. Zegarowski’s almost healthy now, and lookie here: a season-high 25 points. If this is what Creighton can rely on more nights than not moving forward, this group has a Last Four ceiling.

When It Comes To Villanova, you take the bruising loss and proceed. The greatest impact the video game had on the Wildcats, as far as I can inform, is that they will probably have to triumph in order to have a shot at a No. 1 seed.

Weekend’s best video game: Oklahoma-West Virginia

Even if a mid-February game between two ranked groups doesn’t have either 1-seed or bubble-type consequences doesn’t suggest it can’t be significant. No. 12 Oklahoma entered into No. 14 West Virginia and managed a 91-90 double-overtime win to enhance to 13 -5 and take sole possession of second place in the feisty Big12 5 Sooners, led by Austin Reaves, scored in double figures. Reaves published 28 points along with nine rebounds and 7 assists. For OU to conquer 29 points from WVU’s Derek Culver– in addition to 5 3-pointers from Sean McNeil– and to do this on the roadway? Terrific sign. Remember this one month from today (Choice Sunday): Oklahoma has yummy capacity to be a premier Final Four sleeper.

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Ayo Dosunmu’s constructing an intriguing case vs. Luka Garza for gamer of the year.
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We have actually reached a stage where this requires to, at the really least, be a friendly argument.

Dosunmu’s a stud, the kind of gamer fantastic sufficient to lift his team to a nationwide title.

Garza

245

8.4

1.8

1.6 BPG

593

431

Dosunmu

217

6.2

5.1

1.1 SPG

510

403

Virginia quietly going into 1-seed area

Saturday closed with another intriguing matchup as we waited to see whether bubbly North Carolina could keep it close vs. No. 9 Virginia.

Rather exceptionally, that injury up not mattering as Dan Hurley’s team won 80-72 and landed its 2nd Quad 1 success of the season.

Another team willingly ends its season

Let’s close with this since we’re going to see more of it.

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