Kansas takes that spot for now. The Jayhawks have played the top-rated schedule and lead the Big 12, which is the best league. The only black mark on their resume is a loss at Temple.
There are several other teams that still have a shot to get to the top line, including the Irish, Villanova, Wisconsin and Arizona.
The Pac-12 leaders are being hurt by the lack of quality in that league. Utah and Stanford seem to be the only other contenders to make the bracket, although a hot streak by UCLA or Oregon State could add to that. Utah fell two seeds after losing at UCLA on Thursday.
Washington was a likely contender for a tournament spot until the Huskies kicked Robert Upshaw off the team. They did not look good in their first game without him against Stanford.
The league being down makes it hard for the Wildcats to pick up the higher quality wins that it takes to move up the bracket.
Arizona is also hurt by the fact that neither of its losses have come to likely tournament teams.
There is still a lot of basketball to play -- just over six weeks -- so a lot of shuffling at the top could still occur.
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