NCAA Field Projection – March 17, 2019 Selection Sunday, Final

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Final NCAA Field Projection – March 17, 2019

The 1s: Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina

The 2s: Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan

The 3s: Houston, LSU, Florida State, Texas Tech

The 4s: Purdue, Kansas, Wisconsin, Kansas State

The 5s: Virginia Tech, Auburn, Villanova Mississippi State

The 6s: Marquette, Iowa State, Buffalo, Maryland

The 7s: Cincinnati, Nevada, Wofford, Louisville

The 8s: Iowa, Central Florida, Seton Hall, Minnesota

The 9s: Mississippi, Utah State, Washington, Syracuse

The 10s: Baylor, Oklahoma, VCU, Florida

The 11s: TCU, Arizona State, Ohio State, Temple, St. John’s, St. Mary’s

The 12s: Oregon, Murray State, New Mexico State, Liberty

The 13s: UC Irvine, Vermont, Northeastern, Saint Louis

The 14s: Old Dominion, Yale, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky

The 15s: Montana, Colgate, Bradley, Abilene Christian

The 16s: Gardner-Webb, Iona, North Dakota State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Prairie View A&M, North Carolina Central

 

NCAA Field Projection – March 13, 2019

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NCAA Field Projection – March 13, 2019, 11:00am

The 1s: Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke

The 2s: Michigan State, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Michigan

The 3s: LSU, Texas Tech, Houston, Purdue

The 4s: Kansas, Florida State, Kansas State, Wisconsin

The 5s: Virginia Tech, Maryland, Marquette, Mississippi State

The 6s: Villanova, Buffalo, Auburn, Nevada

The 7s: Iowa State, Cincinnati, Louisville, Wofford

The 8s: Central Florida, VCU, Iowa, Oklahoma

The 9s: Baylor, Mississippi, Washington, Syracuse

The 10s: Utah State, Seton Hall, Minnesota, St. John’s

The 11s: TCU, NC State, Florida, Arizona State, Temple

The 12s: Clemson, Ohio State, St. Mary’s, Murray State, New Mexico State

The 13s: Liberty, UC Irvine, Vermont, Old Dominion

The 14s: Northeastern, Yale, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky

The 15s: Montana, Colgate, Bradley, Gardner-Webb

The 16s: Sam Houston State, Iona, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Fairleigh Dickinson, North Dakota State

Considering: Texas, Indiana, Creighton, Belmont

NCAA Field Projection – March 8, 2019, 7:00pm

Balancing grading, coaching, and being sick has pushed bracketology to the back burner for the past week.  As I find a healthy balance and recover, I will be more consistent in my NCAA field projection.  Due to my absence, enjoy a Friday evening bracketology update!  I will do my best to update frequently as we have already begun Championship Week!

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NCAA Field Projection – March 8, 2019, 7:00pm

The 1s: Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky

The 2s: Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State

The 3s: LSU, Texas Tech, Houston, Purdue

The 4s: Kansas, Florida State, Kansas State, Wisconsin

The 5s: Marquette, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Mississippi State

The 6s: Villanova, Buffalo, Cincinatti, Nevada

The 7s: Iowa State, Auburn, Louisville, Wofford

The 8s: Iowa, Washington, Central Florida, Baylor

The 9s: Oklahoma, Syracuse, VCU, Mississippi

The 10s: Texas, Minnesota, Utah State, St. John’s

The 11s: Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina State, Seton Hall

The 12s: TCU, Alabama, Arizona State, Temple, Lipscomb, Belmont

The 13s: New Mexico State, Hofstra, Old Dominion, Vermont

The 14s: Yale, UC Irvine, South Dakota State, Texas State

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Colgate, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Iona, Saint Francis (PA)

Considering: Clemson, Indiana, Creighton, Murray State

NCAA Field Projection – February 27, 2019, 7:00am

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NCAA Field Projection – February 27, 2019, 7:00am

The 1s: Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky

The 2s: Michigan State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan

The 3s: Houston, Purdue, Texas Tech, LSU

The 4s: Marquette, Kansas, Wisconsin, Florida State

The 5s: Maryland, Kansas State, Iowa State, Virginia Tech

The 6s: Nevada, Louisville, Mississippi State, Villanova

The 7s: Iowa, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Washington

The 8s: Mississippi, Auburn, Baylor, Syracuse

The 9s: Wofford, Oklahoma, VCU, TCU

The 10s: Texas, North Carolina State, Ohio State, St. John’s

The 11s: Minnesota, Florida, Central Florida, Clemson

The 12s: Seton Hall, Alabama, Arizona State, Temple, Lipscomb, Belmont

The 13s: New Mexico State, Hofstra, Old Dominion, Yale

The 14s: Vermont, UC Irvine, South Dakota State, Texas State

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Canisius, Saint Francis (PA)

Last Four In: Seton Hall, Temple, Clemson, Alabama

First Four Out: Clemson, Davidson, Furman, Utah State

NCAA Field Projection – February 23, 2019, 10:00am

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NCAA Field Projection – February 23, 2019, 10:00am

The 1s: Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky

The 2s: Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State

The 3s: Kansas, Houston, Purdue, Marquette

The 4s: Iowa State, Texas Tech, LSU, Wisconsin

The 5s: Louisville, Florida State, Nevada, Maryland

The 6s: Virginia Tech, Villanova, Kansas State, Iowa

The 7s: Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Washington

The 8s: Mississippi, Auburn, Baylor, Texas

The 9s: Wofford, Ohio State, St. John’s, Syracuse

The 10s: TCU, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, VCU

The 11s: Minnesota, Florida, Central Florida, Clemson

The 12s: Utah State, Arizona State, Butler, Temple, Liberty, Belmont

The 13s: New Mexico State, Hofstra, Vermont, Yale

The 14s: Old Dominion, UC Irvine, South Dakota State, Texas State

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Quinnipiac, Saint Francis (PA)

Last Four In: Utah State, Temple, Butler, Arizona State

First Four Out: Seton Hall, Alabama, Furman, Nebraska

NCAA Field Projection – February 20, 2019

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NCAA Field Projection – February 20, 2019, 10:00am

The 1s: Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky

The 2s: Michigan, Tennessee, Michigan State, North Carolina

The 3s: Kansas, Houston, Purdue, Marquette

The 4s: LSU, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Nevada

The 5s: Wisconsin, Louisville, Kansas State, Villanova

The 6s: Virginia Tech, Maryland, Florida State, Iowa

The 7s: Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Mississippi

The 8s: Washington, Auburn, Baylor, TCU, St. John’s

The 9s: TCU, Ohio State, Texas, Syracuse

The 10s: Wofford, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Minnesota

The 11s: VCU, Seton Hall, Central Florida, Alabama

The 12s: Florida, Clemson, Butler, Temple, Lipscomb, Belmont

The 13s: New Mexico State, Hofstra, Vermont, Yale

The 14s: Old Dominion, UC Irvine, South Dakota State, Texas State

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Quinnipiac, Saint Francis (PA)

NCAA Field Projection – February 16, 2019

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NCAA Field Projection – February 16, 2019, 10:00am

The 1s: Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Gonzaga

The 2s: Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina

The 3s: Kansas, Houston, Purdue, Marquette

The 4s: LSU, Iowa State, Louisville, Villanova

The 5s: Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Virginia, Tech, Nevada

The 6s: Maryland, Florida State, Kansas State, Mississippi State

The 7s: Cincinnati, Buffalo, Auburn, Iowa

The 8s: Washington, Baylor, TCU, Syracuse

The 9s: Mississippi, Ohio State, Clemson, St. John’s

The 10s: Wofford, North Carolina State, Texas, Minnesota

The 11s: Oklahoma, Lipscomb, Alabama, VCU

The 12s: Indiana, Seton Hall, Butler, UCF, Belmont, Davidson

The 13s: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

The 14s: Old Dominion, Texas State San Marcos, South Dakota State, UC Irvine

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Robert Morris, Monmouth

Field of 68 Projection – February 13, 2019

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NCAA Field Projection – February 13, 2019, 11:30am

The 1s: Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Gonzaga

The 2s: Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State

The 3s: Purdue, Kansas, Houston, Marquette

The 4s: Iowa State, LSU, Louisville, Wisconsin

The 5s: Villanova, Virginia, Tech, Texas Tech, Nevada

The 6s: Iowa, Maryland, Florida State, Kansas State

The 7s: Mississippi State,  Baylor, Buffalo, Auburn

The 8s: Washington, Cincinnati, TCU, Syracuse

The 9s: Mississippi, Ohio State, Clemson, St. John’s

The 10s: Wofford, North Carolina State, Texas, Minnesota

The 11s: Seton Hall, Lipscomb, Alabama, VCU

The 12s: Florida, Oklahoma, Butler, UCF, Belmont, Davidson

The 13s: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

The 14s: Old Dominion, Georgia State, South Dakota State, UC Irvine

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Bucknell, Rider, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Robert Morris, Prairie View A&M

Bubble Update

147 men’s college basketball games were played Saturday which means a majority of the teams that currently reside on the bubble competed.  Here’s a quick update on results and the outlook for those current bubble teams.  Next to the team listed is where I predict whether or not they would be invited to the NCAA tournament if the selection was today.

Trending Up

Butler (In) – Won at Georgetown 73-69.  The Bulldogs showed some of their best ball movement of the season in their victory over the Hoyas.  It is evident that when the bulldogs have exhausted their options for a play call, Kamar Baldwin ends up needing to make something happen.  It’s unfortunate that the coaching staff hasn’t done more.  It also seems unfair for the fan base to blame Baldwin for dribbling too much when the coaching staff likely told him to make a play.  Baldwin was a great distributor under Holtmann during the minutes he played in games.  Holtmann demonstrated prowess of play design, more so than LaVall Jordan has to this point in his tenure.  The Bulldogs have hit at least ten 3-pointers in their two consecutive wins.  If those continue to fall, they will stay in games late.

Seton Hall (In)- Won against Creighton 63 – 58.  The Pirates finished on an 11-2 run to secure victory over the visiting Blue Jays.  This was a needed win for Seton Hall and bumps Creighton further and further from being a team that’s considered for the NCAA Tournament.  The Pirate’s next two games are home against Georgetown and at Creighton.  The next two games will be pivotal inching them closer to a 10-8 result in conference play.

Clemson (In) – Won against Virginia Tech 59 – 51.  It looks like Clemson is closer to being considered a team that is safely in the tournament, especially after their win over the Hokies.  A win over Louisville this Saturday will likely cement them into the NCAA Tournament.  A trap game at Miami awaits the Tigers.

NC State (In) – Won at Pittsburgh 79-76.  After three consecutive losses to Top-10 teams, one that includes a score that looks more like a football result against Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack took care of business at Pittsburgh.  NC State has a couple more opportunities to solidify their resume with games against Syracuse and Duke this week.

Trending Down

Nebraska (Out) – Lost at Purdue 81 – 62.  After losing transfer Isaac Copeland for the season, Nebraska has dropped seven consecutive games, two of which that were at Rutgers and at Illinois.  At this point, the Husker’s chance of a postseason rests likely in the NIT unless they notch big wins against Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State.

Temple (Out) – Lost at Tulsa 76 – 58.  Temple owns a win over Houston and likely tournament bound Davidson.  That’s about it for the Owls.  They have a couple more opportunities down the stretch to secure some wins, but they cannot lose anymore games to opponents like Tulsa.

Arizona State (In) – Lost to Washington State 91 – 70.  As a whole, the Pac 12 has been a significant disappointment this season.  The Sun Devils have tested themselves, but losses to Vanderbilt, Princeton, Utah, Stanford won’t help their resume.  The association of the team names listed prior carries weight in our mind, but beyond that, the erratic results and inefficient play has been detrimental.  The recent loss the Sun Devils suffered at home to Washington State appears as a hard strike to  nailing the coffin on an at-large bid.  As it stands, I think Arizona State would be considered for a play-in game in Dayton.

Utah State (Out) – Lost to San Diego State 68 – 63.  The Aggies did not help themselves by losing to an average San Diego State group.  Utah State will need some help and likely will need to make the final in the conference tournament to be considered for an at-large bid.

Minnesota (In) – Lost to Michigan State 79 – 55.  The Gophers finished a three game gauntlet playing Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan State going 0-3.  Fortunately, they play Nebraska and Indiana next.  They will need to take care of those teams to maintain relevant in Tournament conversations.

Florida (Out) – Lost at Tennessee 73 – 61.  The Gators are fortunate to be in the SEC with numerous opportunities to notch marquee wins for season.  With as efficient as their defense is, their offense relies heavily on 3’s.  Naturally, if they are making their 3-point attempts, the Gators can hang around with most teams.  They have numerous opportunities remaining this season to boost their resume.

Arkansas (Out) – Lost to South Carolina 77 – 65.  The Razorbacks currently sit at 5-5 in the SEC and alternate away and home games for the remainder of the regular season.  A majority of the games left to play are toss-ups, meaning they will have to make sure the final score ends up in their favor.  They could finish 11-7 in the conference, or they could easily end up 6-12.

Last Four In:

Butler

Seton Hall

Minnesota

Arizona State

First Four Out:

Florida

Arkansas

Temple

Utah State

Field of 68 Projection – February 9, 2019

Updates for the NCAA Men’s Basketball bracket will be every Wednesday and Saturday.  My bracket will be part of the The Bracket Project’s website along with many other brackets that college basketball fans are part of.  Link to The Bracket Project

NCAA Field Projection – February 9, 2019

The 1s: Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan

The 2s: Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State

The 3s: Kansas, Purdue, Houston, Louisville

The 4s: Villanova, Marquette, Wisconsin, Iowa State

The 5s: Nevada, Virginia, Tech, Texas Tech, LSU

The 6s: Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi State, Kansas State

The 7s: Florida State,  Baylor, Buffalo, Oklahoma

The 8s: Washington, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Auburn

The 9s: TCU, Ohio State, Texas, St. John’s

The 10s: Mississippi, North Carolina State, Clemson, Minnesota

The 11s: Seton Hall, Lipscomb, Alabama, UCF, Wofford

The 12s: Florida, VCU, Butler, Belmont, Davidson

The 13s: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

The 14s: Old Dominion, Georgia State, South Dakota State, UC Irvine

The 15s: Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago, Montana

The 16s: Bucknell, Rider, Sam Houston State, Norfolk State, Robert Morris, Prairie View A&M