Kansas was upset by TCU 85-82 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday, and even though they were playing without the suspended Josh Jackson, this will cost the Jayhawks a chance at the overall No. 1 seed.
Villanova, regardless of what happens in the remainder of the Big East Tournament, will assume that role now. There isn’t anyone left in the Big East tournament that the Wildcats could lose to that would cause their resume to be worse than the Jayhawks. “Worse” being relative, of course. They are both solid No. 1 seeds.
For TCU, this is one step of the three that the Horned Frogs need to make the NCAA Tournament. As of now, they are 18-14 and their tournament profile is not good enough for them to do enough to be the first 15-loss at-large team. By the time TCU picks up enough quality wins to get at-large consideration, they will no longer need it.
Heading into Thursday’s game, Duke was a No. 4 seed and Louisville a No. 3 seed, but as a result of the Blue Devils’ 81-77 win in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, they likely will switch seed lines. It is also possible that they will end up on the same seed line, but Duke will be higher on the 1-68 ranking list. That will be true even if Duke loses to North Carolina on Friday.
Louisville is a high-level, home court hero. Nearly all of the Cardinals best wins have come on their home floor at the Yum! Center. A neutral court win over Wichita State is the only one of their top 50 wins to come away from home.