Field of 68 Projection – February 20, 2018

There are just 19 days until the 2018 NCAA Men’s bracket is revealed.  The lack of consistency across for teams ranked in the top third creates an uncertainty in predicting seed lines.  I don’t expect drastic fluctuations, but the volatility, especially the top 5 and 10 teams, has opened doors for teams to move fluidly.

The NCAA is transitioning what the committee looks at when deciding who is in the tournament and where they are seeded.  Below is a photo the NCAA shared back in December.  I’m going to create a similar resume sheet for teams that are living on the bubble over the next two weeks as a way to give insight and allow readers to mull over which teams are deserving to be invited to the tournament.

 

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

The 2’s: Auburn, Purdue, Duke, Michigan State

The 3’s: Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Clemson, North Carolina

The 4’s: Ohio State, Tennessee, Arizona, Gonzaga

The 5’s: Wichita State, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Texas A&M

The 6’s: Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona State, Nevada

The 7’s: Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida State

The 8’s: Florida, Creighton, Houston, Arkansas

The 9’s: St. Mary’s (CA), Butler, TCU, Seton Hall

The 10’s: Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), Providence, Kansas State

The 11’s: Louisville, Texas, St. Bonaventure, Baylor, NC State, Penn State

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: Belmont, Montana, College of Charleston, Rider

The 15’s: Penn, Bucknell, UC Santa Barbara, Northern Kentucky

The 16’s: Nicholls State, Wagner, Florida Gulf Coast, Savannah State, Savannah State, Southern

 

Next update: Saturday, February 24

Field of 68 Projection – February 16, 2018

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

The 2’s: Auburn, Kansas, Cincinnati, Michigan State

The 3’s: Duke, Texas Tech, Clemson, Tennessee

The 4’s: Ohio State, North Carolina, Arizona, West Virginia

The 5’s: Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Gonzaga, Texas A&M

The 6’s: Wichita State, Kentucky, Creighton, Florida

The 7’s: Seton Hall, Arizona State, Miami (FL), St. Mary’s (CA)

The 8’s: Alabama, Nevada, TCU, Missouri

The 9’s: Michigan, Arkansas, Butler, Florida State

The 10’s: Virginia Tech, Houston, Providence, Louisville

The 11’s: NC State, Washington, UCLA, Kansas State, Texas, Syracuse

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

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

The 14’s: Belmont, Montana, College of Charleston, UC Santa Barbara

The 15’s: Florida Gulf Coast, Bucknell, Rider, Northern Kentucky

The 16’s: Nicholls State, Wagner, Penn, Savannah State, NC-Asheville, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

 

The next Field of 68 update will be on Tuesday, February 20th.  You can read an update on the landscape of Big East basketball heading into the final few weeks of the regular season here: Big East Perspective and Butler Preview vs. Providence