Field of 68 – February 5, 2018

I thought I’d dabble in what the projected field looks like about 5 weeks away from Selection Sunday.  I don’t possess the credentials of a bracketologist, but it’s always fun to see how much a team can change over the course of 5 weeks in the lead up to the field being revealed.  I will mention that recency has a role in seeding.  Yes, good wins early in the season still have merit, but a team’s look changes over the course of three months.  So, here we go!  I intend to update this twice per week leading up to conference tournaments, with a final go before the bracket is revealed.

The 1’s: Virginia, Villanova, Purdue, Kansas

The 2’s: Duke, Xavier, Auburn, Oklahoma

The 3’s: Clemson, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Texas Tech

The 4’s: Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State

The 5’s: Kentucky, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Wichita State

The 6’s: Rhode Island, Florida, TCU, Miami (Fl)

The 7’s: Gonzaga, Creighton, St. Mary’s(CA), Butler

The 8’s: Nevada, Louisville, Michigan, Alabama

The 9’s: Arizona State, Texas, Arkansas, Florida State

The 10’s: Texas A&M, Providence, NC State, Kansas State

The 11’s: Houston, Missouri, USC, Washington, Marquette, Virginia Tech

The 12’s: Loyola – Chicago, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State

The 13’s: Louisiana – Lafayette, Vermont, South Dakota State, East Tennessee State

The 14’s: Northern Kentucky, Belmont, Montana, Northeastern

The 15’s: Bucknell, Rider, UC Santa Barbara, Stephen F. Austin

The 16’s: Florida Gulf Coast, Wagner, Penn, Radford, North Carolina A&T, Arkansas Pine-Bluff


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