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March 14th, 2016
Oregon may have taken the place of Michigan State for the fourth No. 1 regional seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket unveiled Sunday night.
But it is the Spartans and not the Ducks who join Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia in the first four spots in the Power 16 ratings that came on the heels of the NCAA revealing the 68-team field and bracket.
Less than a week before the NCAA Tournament’s 68-team bracket is unveiled we’ve got a pretty good notion as to the programs that will be bagging No.’s 1 and 2 seeds.
The last regular-season week for the “Power Conferences” will dictate some conference winners (of the regular-season variety).
And, in the process, it will also set up No. 1 seeds in conference tournaments that will be held next week prior to the March 13 unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket in New York City.
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There are just a couple of weeks of regular-season play remaining in the “Power Conferences” before conference tournament action gets underway.
And there are some scintillating conference showdowns on tap this week.
The most notable of those is Wednesday in Cincinnati, when Villanova – still top-ranked in the Power 16 – takes on No. 4 Xavier in a Big East showdown.
The 2016 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone without any 'stars' changing zip codes. After weeks of speculation around players like Dwight Howard, Al Horford, Greg Monroe and Jeff Teague, most teams decided to stand pat at the deadline and keep the status quo. With 1st Round Draft picks becoming more and more valuable to teams along with the unwillingness to take on another team's bad contracts, we can likely expect more trade deadlines to come and go without a ton of action.
Depending on your perspective, it was either another rough week for the Power 16 or a strong indication of just how “balanced” college basketball is this season.
Eleven of the 16 squads in last week’s rankings lost, including then-No.’s 2 thru 6. And No.’s 11 (Oregon), 12 (Texas A&M) and 16 (Louisville) each went zip-for-2.