DE-SIVA: Louisville looked like a team in trouble in the first half of the Big East Championship. Yeah, right. Photo courtesy Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

DE-SIVA: Louisville looked like a team in trouble in the first half of the Big East Championship. Yeah, right. Photo courtesy Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

Selection Sunday is upon us and, before nightfall, we will know exactly which 68 teams are in the NCAA tournament. There’s still some basketball left to be played today, and I will have one last FINAL projection, but for the most part the field is now set. But instead of walking you through how we got here in an obligatory introduction to this Sunday’s update, I’m going to dish out some thoughts on the many unanswered questions surrounding the field.

>>>I wasn’t going to leapfrog Louisville ahead of Gonzaga as the #1 overall seed now that Indiana has fallen, but the Cardinals were just SO dominant in the second half of that game that they changed my mind.

>>>With Maryland’s loss to UNC, I, as you can see here, think they’re out of the tournament. However, if there was one team I HOPED I was wrong about, it’s these guys. Maybe the numbers and resume aren’t super pretty, but this team is FUN. If I see their name pop up today, I won’t be that mad.

>>>On the flip side of that coin, there seems to be a growing school of thought that Middle Tennessee St. will get an at-large bid. I don’t think so and, more to the point, I KNOW they don’t deserve to. The Blue Raiders have only one — ONE! — win in the RPI Top 100. Their Strength of Schedule ranks 128th. And, when it mattered most, they took a bad loss to Florida International. The only redeeming thing about this team is their RPI, and if that’s all that matters, Southern Miss. should get in first.

>>>I readily admit my pick for Miami to be a #1 seed is decidedly unpopular, but the ACC champ is usually up there. And if Miami wins, they’re resume IS good enough for the honor.

And that’s that. Anyway, here’s the notable changes in this latest projection:

-Albany beat Vermont in the America East Championship, Northwestern State beat Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Championship, and North Carolina A&T beat Morgan State in the MEAC Championship, so each swap in and out, respectively.

-Wisconsin jumps from a #7 seed to a #5 seed with their upset of Indiana.

-Indiana falls from being the top seed overall, but retains #1 seed status.

-Southern Miss. rises to “first team out of the tournament” after a super close C-USA Championship.

SOUTH (Arlington)

 

WEST (Los Angeles)

1

Louisville*

1

Gonzaga*

16

James Madison*

16

Western Kentucky*

8

Oklahoma St.

8

Oregon*

9

Illinois

9

Missouri

5

Wisconsin

5

UCLA

12

>Villanova/La Salle

12

Boise State

4

VCU^

4

Syracuse

13

Davidson*

13

New Mexico St.*

6

Creighton*

6

Colorado State

11

Belmont*

11

Oklahoma

3

Florida^

3

Georgetown

14

South Dakota State*

14

Montana*

7

San Diego State

7

North Carolina

10

Colorado

10

Temple

2

Duke

2

Ohio State^

15

Florida Gulf Coast*

15

Pacific*

   

EAST (Washington D.C.)

MIDWEST (Indianapolis)

1

Miami (Fl.)^

1

Indiana

16

>N.C. A&T/LIU-Brooklyn*

16

>Southern*/Liberty*

8

Memphis*

8

N.C. State

9

Minnesota

9

Cincinnati

5

Marquette

5

St. Louis

12

>Ole Miss/UMass

12

Akron*

4

UNLV

4

Kansas State

13

Bucknell*

13

Valparaiso*

6

Notre Dame

6

Arizona

11

California

11

Wichita State

3

Michigan State

3

Michigan

14

Iona*

14

Harvard*

7

Butler

7

Pittsburgh

10

St. Mary’s

10

Iowa State

2

Kansas*

2

New Mexico*

15

Albany*

15

Northwestern St.*

KEY: > = First Four Play-In Game, * = Clinched Berth, ^ = Projected Conference Champion

LAST FOUR IN: Villanova, La Salle, Ole Miss, UMass
FIRST FOUR OUT: Southern Miss., Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee
NEXT FOUR OUT: Kentucky, Virginia, Middle Tennessee St., Baylor

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