Projecting the Field – SELECTION SUNDAY
Alas, here we are. It is Selection Sunday and almost all the basketball needed to determine the field has been played. We have four championship games today, but that should only determine seeding unless St. Bonaventure steals a seat by winning the Atlantic 10.
Yesterday, I went 8 for 10 in predicting conference champions. Missouri won the Big 12, and they take over the fourth #1 seed. More than likely it will either be them or the Big 10 champion in that spot. Best case scenario for Missouri here is if Ohio State upsets Michigan State today.
Also clinching were Colorado, Memphis, Ohio, Long Beach, Vermont, Norfolk State, New Mexico State, Mississippi Valley State, and Lamar. All of them are into the big dance for sure and Memphis clobbering Marshall undoubtedly saved an at-large team on the bubble.
Like I said, the field is pretty much set, but St. Bonaventure could play the role of spoiler in the same way Marshall failed to. On this projection, if the Bonnies do win, it will be Cal that is kicked to the curb.
*=Projected Conference Champion/Automatic Berth
•=First Round Entrant
| 1. Kentucky* | 2. Kansas | 3. Louisville | 4. Wisconsin |
| 1. North Carolina* |2. Baylor | 3. Michigan | 4. Georgetown |
| 1. Syracuse | 2. Michigan St.* | 3. Duke | 4. Murray State |
| 1. Missouri | 2. Ohio State | 3. Marquette | 4. Florida |
And the rest of the field….
(Keep in mind there is now an 8-team opening round, so listed here are a total of six #12 seeds and six #16 seeds)
5 Seeds: New Mexico, Florida State, Indiana, Creighton
6 Seeds: Memphis, Temple, Notre Dame, Wichita State
7 Seeds: San Diego St., Vanderbilt, St. Mary’s, Cincinnati
8 Seeds: Virginia, Gonzaga, UNLV, Purdue
9 Seeds: Harvard, Alabama, Kansas State, Colorado State
10 Seeds: Texas, Iowa State, Connecticut, Xavier*
11 Seeds: BYU, VCU, West Virginia, St. Louis
12 Seeds: •California, •Miami, •South Florida, Southern Miss., Mississippi, •N.C. State
13 Seeds: Colorado, Belmont, Long Beach, Davidson
14 Seeds: New Mexico State, Ohio, Vermont, Long Island
15 Seeds: Detroit, South Dakota St., Lehigh, Loyola (Md.)
16 Seeds: Montana, UNC-Asheville, •Norfolk State, •Western Kentucky, •Miss. Val. St., •Lamar
Bryan’s Last Four In: N.C. State, South Florida, Miami, California
Bryan’s First Four Out: Drexel, UCF, Mississippi State, Northwestern
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