- Joe Lunardi, Senior Writer, ESPN.com
Welcome back to the expanded edition of Joe Lunardi's Rundown. Since the start of January, this series now features tournament odds, an element that will take you deeper into Bracketology. Bracketology provides a snapshot of how the bracket looks on a specific day, but, through the use of Lunardi's extensive database of previous seasons, tournament odds tell you how the bracket is likely to look come Selection Sunday.
Top line report
There should be absolutely no questioning the current No. 1 seeds. By outlasting Kansas on Saturday night, Missouri becomes the third Big 12 team in four weeks to land on the top line.
More important, having now beaten Kansas and Baylor, Mizzou is poised to last awhile in its current position. The Tigers do have a rematch with Baylor in a week, but that date is in Columbia. We can realistically expect Missouri to be favored in every game until its late-February trip to Kansas.
After Mizzou, five more teams still hold realistic hopes for a No. 1 seed. Their candidacies will be determined in several pivotal contests in the next month:
Resident ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has the latest look at the NCAA tournament field. Missouri joins Syracuse, Ohio State and Kentucky as top teams, but the race for a No. 1 seed is open as five other teams lurk just outside the top line.