Bracketology 2020: Gonzaga, Maryland and Purdue among biggest winners

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 8: Led by committee chairman Mark Hollis (3rd from L), the NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Committee (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We got a Bracketology preview from the Selection Committee this weekend. Which benefitted from both on and off the court overall?

We’re less than six weeks left of the regular season and conference tournament games, any kind of news and updates regarding Bracketology are needed. And thanks to the Selection Committee’s new tradition of giving out their “bracket preview”, we now have an idea of where everyone stands.

At 12:30 pm ET. on Saturday afternoon, the Selection Committee presented who they had as their top 16 seeds overall, placed into the top-4 of each region. Overall, there weren’t too many surprises, with Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State landing respective No. 1 seeds. The Bears were No. 1 overall, allowing them to go to the South.

Yet it didn’t even take hours after the announcement of the current seeds before teams in the top-16 started losing. Villanova, Auburn, Oregon, West Virginia and Michigan State all lost today and will certainly fall down a seed line or two. Others like Florida, Texas, and Memphis have put themselves in a position to fall all the way out of the NCAA Tournament field after multiple defeats.

But there were plenty of teams from this past week who did end up on the win column. As usual, several Big Ten programs got wins against one another to separate themselves from the pack. Other teams got needed wins, including Michigan over Michigan State and Cincinnati over Wichita State.

Here’s a look at the five biggest winners this week overall, with the bracket reveal also playing a part in the picture.

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