South Carolina ascends to No. 1 seed

At the other end of the bracket, many will notice that Villanova and Bowling Green, two teams included last week, are no longer in the field. Neither has a top-50 win nor anything on the résumé that sparkles. That leaves them vulnerable to other clubs that have a little more in the quality win department and have started to win with more consistency, teams like Minnesota and Oregon State. Winning streaks are rare on the bubble at this point in the season. It's a big step forward for any team that can avoid the losing that tends to be more commonplace at this part of the board.

Win streaks aside, none of those bubble teams have been able to do what South Carolina did in beating a top-five RPI opponent on the road. Of course, if they did, they would cease to be bubble teams.

Those quality road wins are that big.

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