He hasn’t updated the full 68-team field since just yet, but today he gave a preview of his latest updates. Among them: a Kentucky and Louisville swap and Wisconsin jumping Big Ten-mate Penn State. The Wildcats blew a 17 point lead to Tennessee on Tuesday night, while Penn State gave up a lead and lost to Michigan State.
That result is a big one for the Spartans as well. On Monday, Lunardi had MSU as the No. 4 seed in the East Region, where San Diego State is No. 1. They’re up to No. 3 in Gonzaga’s West Region now.
Maryland also suffers a drop after falling to Rutgers on the road last night. The Terrapins were penciled in as the No. 2 seed in the South. Now, Lunardi has them falling down to the No. 3 line in the same region. Here is his release, with notes for his new episode of The Bracketology Show.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) March 4, 2020
Farther on down the bracket, Xavier is no longer among the “last four byes,” while Arizona State is back in that group, after being a No. 10 seed. Indiana and Stanford have also swapped spots between the last four bye and last for in teams.
Among the fun Sweet 16 matchups we would get if seedings held, based on these Lunardi projections: a Pacific Northwest battle between Oregon and Gonzaga, a former ACC duel between Florida State and Maryland, a showdown of two college hoops powers between Louisville and Michigan State, and a true David vs. Goliath game between Dayton and Duke.
Selection Sunday is coming up soon, on March 15.