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The 15 members of our mock NCAA tournament selection committee assessed last week's winners and losers and gave the boot to only one team: Marquette, which lost to both Alabama-Birmingham and resurgent Cincinnati. They nearly gave Iowa the heave-ho too, for falling at home to Illinois, but instead took the Hawkeyes down from a third seed to a fourth. (Iowa actually got more votes as a No. 5 seed than as a No. 4, but no other team among strong also-rans Michigan, Xavier and Rhode Island got enough support to displace the Hawkeyes.) Florida State also tumbled one spot, to a four, after losing to Maryland and second-ranked Duke.
All of the first and second seeds maintained their positions from a week ago, though Connecticut was almost dropped to a three seed for losing at Miami. The week's big winners were South Carolina, which moved into the rankings, and Mississippi and Syracuse, which advanced from fourth seeds to thirds.
Princeton got three votes as a No. 3 while one voter questioned its RPI—which fell from 11th to 30th last week as the Tigers embarked on their weak Ivy League schedule—and unseeded them.
1. North Carolina