Prediction No. 3 for the Field of 68

Here are my predictions of the Field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament.

Capitalized teams are projected automatic bid winners. Remember that this is a projection of what the bracket will look like on Selection Sunday, and not a measure of where teams would be if the season ended now:

1. VILLANOVA (BIG EAST)
1. KANSAS (BIG 12)
1. GONZAGA (WCC)
1. NORTH CAROLINA (ACC)

2. ARIZONA (PAC-12)
2. Louisville
2. KENTUCKY (SEC)
2. Virginia

3. WISCONSIN (BIG TEN)
3. Florida
3. Baylor
3. Purdue

4. Duke
4. Oregon
4. CINCINNATI (AAC)
4. UCLA

5. West Virginia
5. Florida State
5. Butler
5. SMU

6. Maryland
6. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma State
6. DAYTON (ATLANTIC TEN)

7. Saint Mary’s
7. Iowa State
7. Creighton
7. South Carolina

8. Minnesota
8. Northwestern
8. VCU
8. Xavier

9. WICHITA STATE (MVC)
9. Michigan State
9. Virginia Tech
9. Miami FL

10. USC
10. Michigan
10. Kansas State
10. Marquette

11. California
11. Arkansas
11. TCU
11. Wake Forest
11. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (CONFERENCE USA)

12. Illinois State
12. Syracuse
12. NEVADA (MOUNTAIN WEST)
12. UNC-WILMINGTON (COLONIAL)
12. TEXAS-ARLINGTON (SUN BELT)

13. AKRON (MAC)
13. MONMOUTH (MAAC)
13. VALPARAISO (HORIZON)
13. NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC)

14. EAST TENNESSEE ST (SOCON)
14. PRINCETON (IVY LEAGUE)
14. VERMONT (AMERICA EAST)
14. FLORIDA GULF COAST (ATLANTIC SUN)

15. BELMONT (OVC)
15. BUCKNELL (PATRIOT)
15. UNC-ASHEVILLE (BIG SOUTH)
15. NORTH DAKOTA ST (SUMMIT)

16. UC-IRVINE (BIG WEST)
16. WEBER STATE (BIG SKY)
16. TEXAS SOUTHERN (SWAC)
16. NEW ORLEANS (SOUTHLAND)
16. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (MEAC)
16. MOUNT ST MARY’S (NEC)

Teams seriously considered that just missed the cut:
Houston, Rhode Island, Indiana, Utah, Tennessee

Decent resumes, but not good enough:
Clemson, Seton Hall, Alabama, Georgia

Long shots, but still in the at-large discussion:
Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Providence, Illinois, Ohio St, Penn St, Texas Tech, Boise St, Stanford, Auburn, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

Still alive, but pretty much need a miracle:
UCF, UConn, Memphis, Pittsburgh, St. Bonaventure, St. John’s, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado St, New Mexico, Arizona St, Colorado, Mississippi St, BYU

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