Bracket winners and losers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here are the winners and losers after the NCAA tournament bracket was announced Sunday.


Virginia: The Cavaliers didn't beat a team in the field in nonconference play and got rocked by Tennessee in late December. But an ACC regular-season title and conference tournament title earned the Cavaliers the No. 1 seed in a weaker East.

Kansas: The Jayhawks lost two of three games in the past week without Joel Embiid, yet they were still able to get a No. 2 seed. Plus, the Jayhawks also landed in a bracket that allowed them to stay near home in St. Louis.

Colorado: The Buffaloes lost their best player in Spencer Dinwiddie and didn't have a breakout win without him in the second part of the Pac-12 schedule, but they received an 8-seed. That shows Colorado was comfortably in the field.

Dayton: Flyers coach Archie Miller said last week he didn't want to play in Dayton, Ohio. He said he wanted his players to have a genuine NCAA tournament experience and they wouldn't have one by playing at home. He got his wish as a No. 11 seed against Ohio State in Buffalo, N.Y.

UCLA: The Bruins lost a bad game at Washington State to end the regular season and yet received a 4-seed by winning the Pac-12 tournament. Plus they get to play close to home in San Diego.

Iowa State: The Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament title, earned a No. 3 seed and are in a winnable region, which opens the door for a team as talented as Iowa State to get to the Final Four.

State of Nebraska fans: The committee put Creighton (3) and Nebraska (11) both in San Antonio, Texas. If they both win their first games they'll meet in a rematch from earlier in the season.

BYU: The Cougars had a shaky résumé and looked to be one of the last four in, but got comfortably in as a No. 10 and face No. 7 Oregon in a rematch game from earlier in the season -- a four-point overtime loss in Eugene, Ore.

Wisconsin: The Badgers are the No. 2 seed in a West region that is more than winnable. The Badgers were rewarded for a résumé that included wins over two No. 1 seeds in Florida and Virginia.

Florida: The top seed in the field got the overall No. 1 with an SEC sweep. The Gators' region includes a 2-seed they beat earlier in the season in Kansas (now without Embiid) and a 3-seed (Syracuse) that is really struggling.

NC State: The Wolfpack beat Syracuse and apparently that was enough to get into the field. They were erratic during the season, but one win in the ACC tournament appears to have put them in the First Four.


Wichita State: The Shockers did earn a No. 1 seed with an undefeated season. But they were given the "Group of Death" bracket with No. 8 Kentucky (if it gets past Kansas State), No. 4 Louisville, No. 3 Duke and No. 2 Michigan. Wow.

Louisville: The Cardinals have been as good as any team in the country the past few weeks, won a share of the American Conference and easily captured the American Conference tournament title. Their reward? A 4-seed.

Arizona: The Wildcats are a No. 1 seed but drew the short straw and could possibly face No. 9 Oklahoma State in a third-round game. The Cowboys have Final Four talent. One team was going to get an unfavorable draw with the Cowboys and it ended up being the Wildcats.

Syracuse: The Orange's recent slide didn't push them out of Buffalo, but it did prevent them from being in the East Regional and a possible "home" Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden. If the Orange advance, they will head to Memphis, Tenn.

New Mexico: The Lobos won the Mountain West Conference tournament title and beat San Diego State two out of three times only to be seeded three spots below the Aztecs. They then got put in St. Louis, where if the Lobos get past Stanford they would have to play possibly Kansas. The Jayhawks already beat the Lobos in Kansas City earlier this season. That would be two games against KU close to the Jayhawks' campus.

Michigan State: The Spartans are finally healthy, won the Big Ten tournament and then got a 4-seed with a ticket to Spokane, Wash. The Spartans can win in the East, but the road got tougher with the seeding and a possible third-round game against a tough, defensive team in Cincinnati.

SMU: The Mustangs ended the season with three straight losses, the last one to lowly Houston. That combined with a weaker showing in nonconference play bounced the upstart Mustangs.

Green Bay/St. John's/Southern Miss: The Horizon League champs lost to Milwaukee and made a strong case to be included but didn't have the résumé. Public campaigns from Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall and St. John's coach Steve Lavin failed to make a difference.

Cal: The Bears beat Colorado on a last possession to end the regular season and jumped around after earning a higher seed in the Pac-12 tournament. But a loss in the tournament to Colorado bounced the Bears.