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Rock-M-Tology: 0-2 week drops Missouri to the five seed line

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Mizzou picked the wrong time to lose back-to-back games for the first time all season

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On Saturday, the NCAA Tournament selection committee placed Missouri as the last No. 4 seed on the CBS March Madness Bracket Preview show.

Oh, how quickly things can change. Sure, the Ole Miss loss was bad – but the loss to Arkansas is just a little more damaging. Losing at home isn’t exactly ideal. At the very least, the Rebels and Razorbacks were Quadrant 1 games.

For the first time all season, Mizzou has lost back-to-back games and all of the sudden, their conference record is just one game above .500 (6-5) in not exactly a great SEC.

The good news is, they’re still solidly in the NCAA Tournament picture! The bad news is, they have dropped to a No. 5 seed in this latest edition of Rock-M-Tology. According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, the Tigers are closer to a six seed rather than a four seed at this point.

The bigger problem is that Missouri’s schedule the rest of the way won’t have any potential wins that would move the needle, making it pretty dang difficult for them to get back in the Top 16. Needless to say, Georgia and South Carolina are must wins this week to avoid further slipping.

TRENDING UP:

  • Drake (20-2): The Bulldogs picked up a must-win for their at-large tournament chances on Sunday in overtime against Loyola. It was their first Quadrant 1 win of the season as the Missouri Valley hopes to see two bids come Selection Sunday.
  • Oregon (12-4): Coming off a road win at Arizona on Saturday, the Ducks have won three in a row and climbed into the Top 50 of the NET rankings, which is important towards Mizzou’s resume.
  • Seton Hall (12-8): Half of their eight losses this season are to Villanova and Creighton, but now the Pirates have won three in a row with a manageable schedule down the stretch.
  • LSU (13-6): Without a doubt, they got their biggest win of the season on Saturday against Tennessee. Big one on Wednesday night against Ole Miss.

TRENDING DOWN:

  • Missouri (13-5): Back-to-back losses, but you already knew that.
  • Minnesota (13-8): Coming off a bad performance against Maryland yesterday, the Gophers are just 2-4 in their last six games. Up next is at Indiana on Wednesday night, which sounds like a must win game for both teams.
  • St. Bonaventure (10-3): The Bonnies have lost their conference lead after losing two out of their last three with missed opportunities against Saint Louis and VCU.
  • UCLA (14-5): Just barely squeaked out a 64-61 road victory against a three-win Washington to avoid a three-game losing streak.

Last Few In

These would be among the last in without their conference’s automatic bid.

  • Indiana (11-9)
  • Stanford (13-8)
  • North Carolina (12-7)
  • San Diego State (15-4)

First Few Out

  • St. John’s (13-8)
  • UCONN (9-5)
  • Utah State (14-5)
  • Syracuse (12-6)

TOP 16 SEEDS:

  1. Gonzaga (20-0)
  2. Baylor (17-0)
  3. Michigan (14-1)
  4. Ohio State (17-4)
  5. Illinois (14-5)
  6. Alabama (17-5)
  7. Villanova (13-3)
  8. Houston (17-2)
  9. Virginia (15-3)
  10. Oklahoma (13-5)
  11. West Virginia (14-6)
  12. Iowa (15-6)
  13. Creighton (16-5)
  14. USC (17-3)
  15. Florida State (11-3)
  16. Texas (13-5)

BY CONFERENCE:

Big Ten: 9

Big 12: 7

ACC: 6

SEC: 6

PAC-12: 5

Big East: 4

Mountain West: 3

Atlantic-10: 3

Missouri Valley: 2

WCC: 2

American: 1

THE BRACKET:

FIRST FOUR (Assembly Hall):

  • North Carolina A&T (8-9) vs Prairie View (7-4)
  • Stanford (13-8) vs North Carolina (12-7)
  • Merrimack (8-4) vs Grand Canyon (12-3)
  • Indiana (11-9) vs San Diego State (15-4)

[REGIONAL 1]

  • No. 1 Gonzaga (20-0) vs No. 16 North Carolina A&T/Prairie View
  • No. 8 Minnesota (13-8) vs No. 9 Colorado (16-6)
  • No. 5 Wisconsin (15-7) vs No. 12 Toledo (16-6)
  • No. 4 Texas (13-5) vs No. 13 Western Kentucky (15-4)
  • No. 6 Kansas (15-7) vs No. 11 Colorado State (14-4)
  • No. 3 Iowa (15-6) vs No. 14 UNC-Greensboro (15-6)
  • No. 7 UCLA (14-5) vs No. 10 VCU (15-4)
  • No. 2 Houston (17-2) vs No. 15 Eastern Washington (10-6)

[REGIONAL 2]

  • No. 1 Ohio State (17-4) vs No. 16 Wright State (17-4)
  • No. 8 Loyola-Chicago (18-4) vs No. 9 Xavier (11-3)
  • No. 5 Tennessee (14-5) vs No. 12 Indiana/San Diego State
  • No. 4 Creighton (16-5) vs No. 13 Siena (8-2)
  • No. 6 Oklahoma State (13-6) vs No. 11 Saint Louis (10-3)
  • No. 3 Virginia (15-3) vs No. 14 Liberty (17-5)
  • No. 7 Louisville (11-4) vs No. 10 Oregon (12-4)
  • No. 2 Illinois (14-5) vs No. 15 James Madison (13-5)

[REGIONAL 3]

  • No. 1 Baylor (17-0) vs No. 16 Merrimack/Grand Canyon
  • No. 8 Arkansas (16-5) vs No. 9 BYU (15-5)
  • No. 5 Texas Tech (14-6) vs No. 12 North Carolina/Stanford
  • No. 4 USC (17-3) vs No. 13 UC-Santa Barbara (14-3)
  • No. 6 Purdue (13-8) vs No. 11 LSU (13-6)
  • No. 3 Oklahoma (13-5) vs No. 14 Texas State (15-6)
  • No. 7 Rutgers (12-7) vs No. 10 Drake (20-2)
  • No. 2 Alabama (17-5) vs No. 15 UMBC (13-4)

[REGIONAL 4]

  • No. 1 Michigan (14-1) vs No. 16 South Dakota (11-9)
  • No. 8 Seton Hall (12-8) vs No. 9 Clemson (13-5)
  • No. 5 Missouri (13-5) vs No. 12 Belmont (22-1)
  • No. 4 Florida State (11-3) vs No. 13 Winthrop (18-1)
  • No. 6 Virginia Tech (14-4) vs No. 11 Saint Bonaventure (10-3)
  • No. 3 West Virginia (14-6) vs No. 14 Abilene-Christian (18-3)
  • No. 7 Florida (10-5) vs No. 10 Boise State (16-4)
  • No. 2 Villanova (13-3) vs No. 15 Colgate (9-1)

First Glance At A Final Four:

Gonzaga, Illinois, Baylor, Villanova

Second glance: Gonzaga, Creighton, Baylor, Michigan

Missouri’s inevitable path to destiny:

Belmont, Florida State, Michigan, Villanova, Baylor, Gonzaga. It could happen!