If this were college football, North Carolina might have moved up and taken the No. 1 seed in the East Regional after its 103-55 blowout of 20th-ranked Florida State last Saturday. But blessedly, this is hoops, not helmets, and running it up doesn't count, so Duke, a 72-65 winner over Virginia, stayed atop the East in our poll.
Meanwhile, Connecticut's loss to St. John's dropped the Huskies a notch from a No. 2 to a No. 3. No big deal, you say? Consider this: Only three No. 2s have lost to No. 15 seeds since the NCAAs expanded to 64 teams in 1985, but 11 No. 3s have lost to No. 14s.
The week's big losers were Syracuse (beaten by Notre Dame and UConn) and Iowa (defeated by Michigan State and Missouri), both of which dropped out of the seedings. Some voters dropped Kansas to a No. 2 after its loss to Missouri, but the Jayhawks remained a No. 1 seed on most ballots. The week's big winners were Arkansas and New Mexico, cracking our poll for the first time. UCLA benefited from UConn's fall and moved up to a No. 2. And Michigan held on to a No. 4 seeding despite its loss to Illinois, but Michigan State, the Big Ten leader at week's end, is knocking hard at the door.
Finally, everyone is watching this week's Arizona game at Stanford to see if a new No. 1 will emerge in the West.
1. North Carolina
3. South Carolina
4. New Mexico