Men's College Basketball Has Eight Upsets Saturday as Nine Ranked Teams Lose, Including No. 5 Louisville

Selection Sunday for the NCAA men's basketball tournament is exactly four weeks away, and the outlook is still quite murky when trying to predict which teams will be where and who are the favorites.

There were nine ranked teams that lost on Saturday, including eight who were beaten by unranked teams in the most recent Associated Press poll.

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Here's what happened Saturday:
No. 5 Louisville lost at Clemson, 77-62
No. 10 Seton Hall lost at Providence, 74-71
No. 11 Auburn lost at Missouri, 85-73
No. 14 West Virginia lost at No. 1 Baylor, 70-59
No. 19 Butler lost at home to Georgetown, 73-66
No. 20 Houston lost at SMU, 73-72
No. 22 Illinois lost at Rutgers, 72-57
No. 24 Texas Tech lost at Oklahoma State, 73-70
No. 25 LSU lost at Alabama, 88-82

What does this mean?

  • Well, Louisville could slip from the top 10 after a 15-point loss while no other top 10 team lost Saturday, and as No. 12 (Kentucky) and No. 13 (Penn State) each won after No. 10 and No. 11 both lost. However, No. 8 Florida State lost a close game at No. 7 Duke earlier this week. The ACC seems to be a medley of those three teams at the top of their conference.
  • Kentucky takes over the top spot in the SEC with its win, as losses by Auburn and LSU broke up the previous three-way tie. However, Kentucky has an upcoming game at LSU, which looked good this season until dropping four of their last five games.
  • West Virginia has fallen on hard times lately, and Baylor continues to be a solid No. 1 team and almost a lock for a No. 1 seed in the tournament—perhaps a No. 1 overall seed if they continue their streak.
  • No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 4 San Diego State continue to solidify their rankings with wins, and No. 3 Kansas still has a chance for a No. 1 overall ranking with the remainder of its Big 12 schedule and conference tournament, and a chance to unseat Baylor.
  • The Big Ten could still get 10 teams into the tournament, maybe 11. The conference had only four teams in the Top 25 entering the weekend, but the strength of the Big Ten is better than other conferences.

Sunday schedule with ranked teams (times ET):
No. 4 San Diego State at Boise State, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Villanova at Temple, 1 p.m.
Utah at No. 17 Oregon, 9 p.m.
No. 21 Iowa at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

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Selection Sunday

The selection show for the NCAA men's basketball tournament will be Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the conclusion of all conference tournaments. The first two games will begin on March 17, and the next two will be March 18. The subregional play will begin on Thursday, March 19 with 16 games, followed by 16 games the next day.

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Ron Harper Jr. #24 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights leads the team onto the court before a college basketball game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 15, 2020 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Illinois 72-57. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images
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