A win over a team that, barring a conference tournament miracle, won't come close to making the NCAA tournament, isn't usually something that leads to moving up in tournament projections. But Arizona has one thing firmly going its way -- the Wildcats are winners of six in a row while the rest of the nation's heavy-hitters seem to slip on a banana peel on a weekly basis. Any team that can display some consistency -- in what's being referred to as the wildest college basketball season in recent memory -- has a leg up on the rest of the field.
The field has less than a month to provide itself some clarity but, as of now, this is an extremely difficult tournament to seed.
Arizona Desert Swarm picked a heck of a time to join the bracketology ranks. But, alas, here's our up-to-the-minute bracketology update:
Arizona climbs to a 4-seed this week and are just barely outside the 3-line with Miami and Kentucky losing games in front of them. This is a huge week for Arizona, as it has its final road trip of the season, facing two teams currently in the field -- the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday night and the Utah Utes on Saturday afternoon.
We've currently got six Pac-12 teams in the field -- Arizona, the Oregon Ducks, Utah, California Golden Bears, Colorado and the USC Trojans. Washington, Oregon State and UCLA have all been linked to March Madness at one time or another over the last several weeks but all of them find themselves firmly on the outside looking in right now.
This week's last four in: Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Alabama, Seton Hall.
First four out: Vanderbilt, Butler, St. Bonaventure, Tulsa.
As for the rest of the bracketology opinions, Bracket Matrix's latest has Arizona as the top 5-seed in the field, averaging out 88 bracket projections.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi bumped Arizona up to a 4-seed after their dominating win of ASU last week. He, too, has six Pac-12 teams in the field.
CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm was apparently not impressed with Arizona's performance last Wednesday night, as he has Arizona as a 6-seed in his latest bracketology. It should be noted that the other two teams atop the Pac-12, Oregon and Utah, are a 2-seed and 3-seed, respectively.