Commentary: Rewards did a reasonable job matching the top five in both polls, but after that, there was some disagreement about how strong some team's seasons were. NCAA tournament champions Connecticut (32-9), a #3 seed, moved up from #12 to #8 after their fantastic end of season run, and the 8th seeded Butler Bulldogs (28-10), who lost to the Huskies in the title game, moved up from #46 to #28. #4 seed Kentucky (29-9), another Final Four team, moved up some (from #15 to #10) and the last team to reach this exalted status, Virginia Commonwealth (28-12), raised its position from #52 to #44. However, since all of these teams had so many losses during the regular season, it was hard for the underlying Rewards algorithm/formula to elevate them much more. NIT champion Wichita State became the #32 team after their five wins - up from #54.
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