MY PROJECTED FIELD OF 68
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LOCKS (37): Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Oregon, Xavier, North Carolina, Utah, Miami (FL), Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Duke, Maryland, Purdue, California, Iowa State, Texas, Texas A+M, Arizona, Dayton, Iowa, Baylor, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas Tech, Providence, Saint Joseph’s, Seton Hall, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, USC, St. Bonaventure, Wichita State
AUTOS: Good amount of change here as there have been a TON of upsets in the conference tournaments. A lot of the top seeds fell, allowing some other teams to get the automatic invite.
Teams that have clinched their berth will appear in bold
AT-LARGE: And now, we are down to 6 teams fighting for spots in the field (in my estimation). Butler feels safe to me. Vanderbilt not as much. And then the last 4 teams here could go either way for me. Monmouth and Saint Mary’s had chances to lock up their spot in their conference tournament championship games but lost. Now, they are the mercy of the committee and the bubble teams below who could pass them up with good conference tournament showings. For now though, I think they have done enough to warrant a spot in the field.
These are in order, so the last four teams will be playing in the “First Four” in Dayton.
These are in order, so to figure out the first teams out, head to the final team from the AT-LARGE category and look for all the teams behind them.
BUBBLE (22): Butler, Vanderbilt, Temple, Cincinnati, Monmouth, VCU, Saint Mary’s, Syracuse, Tulsa, UConn, San Diego State, Valparaiso, Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, Houston, Georgia Tech, George Washington, LSU, Virginia Tech, Georgia
Big 12 (7), Pac-12 (7), ACC (6), Big Ten (6), Big East (5), SEC (5), A-10 (4), American (2), MAAC (2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2)
COMING IN: Gonzaga, Iona, Green Bay, Holy Cross, UNC-Wilmington, Fairleigh Dickinson,
GOING OUT: Syracuse, Tulsa, Hofstra, Valparaiso, Lehigh, IPFW, Wagner
MIDWEST vs. WEST
EAST vs. SOUTH
GAMES TO WATCH
Virginia Tech at Miami (FL) – Don’t be shocked if VT makes a run in the ACC tournament. Buzz Williams can flat out coach.