In a tighter-than-expected contest, Purdue gained another valuable victory over surprising Ohio State. The Boilers remain a No. 1 seed on the latest Bracket Big Board, which is a snapshot of how the men's NCAA Tournament field would look if the regular season ended today.
UPDATED: Sunday, March 12, 5:11 PM ET
(Power ranking listed with school)
No. 1 Seeds
Trampled by Longhorns in the Big 12 final. With Bill Self likely back next week, will rebound quickly from humbling.
Even the remotest doubt about the Tide's No. 1 seed status eliminated after demolition of Mississippi State and TAMU.
Punched Cincinnati right in the kisser. Tireless on defense and a mad methodical in offensive execution. Title frontrunner. Need a healthy Sasser.
Added to the No. 1 seed argument with 11th Quad 1 win coming versus Ohio State. Yes, it's a Quad 1.
No. 2 Seeds
Brought the battle axe versus Kansas and chopped heads. Uninterrupted domination after halftime. Unquestionably elite D.
Loss to Arizona in Pac-12 tourney final promptly dashed dreams of a No. 1 seed. Still this scribe's favorite to win the whole shebang.
In a Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots-like affair, bested UCLA by only a deuce - 61-59. When stiff defense shows up, they can beat anyone.
Iowa State is just a bad matchup. Again, given Bears' weak D, it has to blast the box score on offense nightly.
No. 3 Seeds
Rated 'R' level violence deployed against Xavier in Big East final. Bloody murder. Positioness style has them on Final Four shortlist.
Deflating effort versus TCU, but nothing to budge them off the No. 3 line. Tang Gang top-20 in country in D efficiency.
Opened up a can of whoop against Gaels. Stated the case from start to finish. Defense, however, remains highly suspect.
Defensive efforts are elite, evidenced by top standing in multiple categories. Still, offensive disappearances should leave bracketeers wary.
No. 4 Seeds
Mortally wounded in Marquette game. Folded from the jump. Can score nearly uninhibited, but D sorely lacks at times.
Sanogo practically unstoppable going 8-for-12 from the field, but just couldn't get over the hump against Big East kings, Marquette.
Vander Plas deactivation rest of season is a major blow. Cavs' defense not as emphatic and now missing gunner on offense.
Penn State showed no signs of losing gas. Hoosiers paint defense and horrendous three-point shooting did them in.
No. 5 Seeds
Well-documented, Aztecs shooting blanks in R/N games on offense. Above No. 200 in eFG offense. However, they can stangle on D.
Alabama deep, talented and played at a faster pace than what the Aggies prefer. Superb defensive team. Mid-seed snoozer for Final Four.
Scored an undesirable 0.89 points per possession in final act of Big 12 season. Remain a mid-seed Final Four Rip Van Winkle.
Virginia accounted for under 0.85 points per possession. Stingy! Defense and frontcourt power name of the game for Devils.
No. 6 Seeds
Hurricanes are about a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson. Excellent guard player and better-than-you-think defense.
Slaughtered in the WCC final by Gonzaga. Can stoutly defend and frustrate opponents given methodical style, but a possible 12-over-5 upset candidate.
My +400 ticket on Big Blue to win the SECT went down in flames Vanquished by Vandy and its 10+ made threes.
Season high 20 turnovers against Bill Self-less Kansas Jayhawks. Overall, 10 Quad 1 wins should have 'Clones on 6 line.
No. 7 Seeds
Starting five is tremendous highlighted by 7-footer Ryan Kalkbrenner. Dark horse, though trouncing by Xavier raises reluctancy.
Bruised by Brutus. Another victim of historic run by Ohio State. Looked like the team playing its third game in three days, not the other way around.
Gut-wrenching loss to Penn State in tear jerker at the buzzer. Still a remarkable season. Defend tenaciously.
Feature several rainmakers, including stud Kobe Brown. Defense is highly questionable, but if matched against soft D. ..
No. 8 Seeds
Curious case. Gaudy NET. Strong SOS, Fair amount of Q1 wins. Plus, a different team with Nick Smith Jr.
Spanked Tulane and Houston off the tip. Magnificent finish has Memphis a team playing sensational ball sparked by Davis.
Strong start against Indiana in BTT, but Hoosiers dashed duo of Jackson-Davis and Hood-Schifino applied grip after halftime.
Prevented a UAB bid steal with thumping of Blazers. Have size, speed and good guards. Fascinating team.
No. 9 Seeds
Latest victim of THE Ohio State sudden and surprising resurrection. Don't defend. When 3s don't steadily drop, a probably Round 1 casualty.
Rare 14-loss team likely to draw a single-digit seed. Resume is there. No doubt No. 1 seed doesn't want it on the 8/9 line.
Gotta tip your cap to the Tigers. Climbed out of 15-point deficit late versus Arkansas, but not enough to conquer.
Reaching stratospheric heights considering where they were two weeks ago. So smart. So experienced. Small ball at its best.
No. 10 Seeds
Penn State drove yet another dagger, their third of the year. Just an awful matchup. Too three happy and not reliable on those shots.
Forked by the Sun Devils and ousted from the Pac-12 Tourney. Still poppin' and lockin'. Interesting team given top-45 standing in off/def efficiency.
Sliced in two by the MWC buzzsaw that is Utah State. Defense and lack of speed on the perimeter exposed.
By the slimmest of margins versus Florida, but a win is a win. Rubber stamped at-large standing. Incredible defensively.
No. 11 Seeds
In a physical old school game against UConn mounted an amazing comeback but not enough. Allowed 1.177 pts/poss.
Fire stamped out by San Diego State in Mountain West final. Still ranked top-15 in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency. Usually score prolifically.
Their fate is without question a double-digit seed, but should avoid Dayton. Rank top-30 nationally in offensive efficiency.
Last four IN, sure, but on firmer ground than most think. Gritty defense team, but 300+ in eFG offense lsat 10 games.
Rolled and smoked after the half against Clemson in the ACCT. Eye-catching record, but empty calories underneath.
Decided to promote AZ State. Why? Stronger SOS and more Q1 wins than Nevada. Gut says Pac-12 will get advantage over MWC.
No. 12 Seeds
Mid-major legend Max Abmas is capable of single-handedly taking over games. Defense? Not really. Will push a high-major.
Where popularity polls intersect with actuality. The Cougars are a terrific team, but meatless resume has them on the double-digit line.
Experienced Bulldogs are a very viable Cinderella candidate. Top-70 in eFG offense and eFG defense.
"Chaos" brand of basketball still remains the name of the game for this year's Rams. Constant ball pressure creates ample TOs.
No. 13 Seeds
Antonio Gates U clamps down on the defensive end. Ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in MAC in six different D categories.
Rajun' Cajuns throw around their weight on the offensive glass grabbing a second chance over 34% of possessions.
Rick Pitino's group a team few big boys would like to draw in Round 1. Rank top-85 in offensive/defensive efficiency.
In the smarty pants league's final, Tigers threw the book at rival Yale late. Top-55 nationally in 2PT% offense/defense.
No. 14 Seeds
With its sweat-free dispensing of Southern Utah, the Antelopes gallup on the triple-B. As a collective, shoot 37.6 from three.
A NCAA Tournament participant for the first time in school history. Owls are a stellar three-point shooting team. Don't underestimate.
Impressively clotheslined Samford on the road. Reminded everyone why they're the team to beat for the auto.
The Gauchos get in. Not nearly as strong defensively as prior iterations, but clean up in the paint. Over 58% of points from two.
No. 15 Seeds
Offense is without a doubt cavity-free. Raiders are No. 1 in the entirety of college basketball in eFG% offense. Wet.
Bobcats 14-2 since the calendar flipped to 2023. Now in the pole position to earn auto with Eastern Washington eliminated.
Had the Patrick Gymnasium capacity crowd stoked. Defeated UMass-Lowell for auto. Rank top-25 nationally in eFG% offense.
Marksmen. The Bulldogs are shooting a ridiculous 38.7% from 3-point land. Tajion Jones (44.3 3P%) burns the nets from distance.
No. 16 Seeds
Colonels eliminated heavy favorite Youngstown State. No. 14 in the country in TO% D.
Islanders get to the line and cash in. They rank No. 2 in all of D-1 in FT% swishing 80.2 percent.
The Bison stampede into the field for first time since 1992. Heart-jumping finish against Norfolk State.
Second team to officially punch dance ticket. Likely destination Dayton, but a remarkable story winning four games in four days.
Strutted their stuff into the field with victory over St. Francis PA. Set the NEC pace in six different offensive categories.
Toppling of top SWAC dog Grambling State sealed deal of Tigers' fourth straight NCAAT appearance. Welcome to Dayton.
First Four OUT
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina