Busting Brackets

Bracketology 2024: Gonzaga, Miami, Texas, and Virginia among week's biggest losers

It was a rough week in Bracketology for teams like Miami and Texas, suffering bad losses. And could Gonzaga be in jeopardy of missing out of the Big Dance?

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Washington Huskies

Ironically, the biggest loser of Gonzaga’s rare struggles is rival Washington, whose lone marquee win doesn’t mean as much now. But it might not matter much now, as they ended its two-game win streak with an awful loss at UCLA. They’ve been so bad since league play started that it currently stands as a Quad 4 loss for the program.

The Huskies have a NET ranking in the 60’s and are 3-6 against Quad 1/2 opponents. Unless the Gonzaga/Xavier wins start to look great, this team is going to be fighting an uphill battle to be on the right side of the bubble, which might mean bad things for Coach Mike Hopkins.

Colorado Buffaloes

The recent road trip for the Buffaloes went as bad as possible, losing all three games. Losing to the Arizona schools a week ago was okay but a Quad 3 setback at Cal was their worst loss yet. The good news is that while they trailed USC at home this weekend by double-digits, they managed to come back and win to avoid another Quad 3 loss.

While the Pac-12 is looking weak overall, Colorado and Utah look to be in solid shape in Bracketology. Still, this team’s metrics and overall resume are starting to take a hit, especially since they’re without a Quad 1 victory. They’ll need a clean week coming up, taking on the Oregon schools at home.