Before the Selection Committee comes out with their top 16 teams this morning, I wanted to put out my complete 1-68 seed list. Here we go:
1: Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, Baylor
2: North Carolina, Florida State, Oregon, Arizona
3: Virginia, Louisville, UCLA, Wisconsin
4: Creighton, Butler, Kentucky, Duke
5: Cincinnati, Florida, Purdue, Maryland
6: St. Mary’s, West Virginia, Xavier, South Carolina
7: Notre Dame, USC, SMU, Minnesota
8: Northwestern, VCU, Dayton, Wichita St.
9: Miami, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma St., TCU
10: Iowa St., Syracuse, Cal, Indiana
11: Michigan St., Marquette, GT/Arkansas, KSU/Seton Hall
12: MTSU, Nevada, UNC-Wilmington, Valpo
13: Monmouth, NMSU, Arkansas St., Akron
14: Vermont, UNC-Asheville, FGCU, Princeton
15: Bucknell, North Dakota St., Belmont, Furman
16: Texas Southern, Sam Houston, NC-Central/UC-Davis, Weber St./Mt. St. Mary’s.
I am projecting Wichita St. to win the MVC Tournament, which currently puts Illinois St. on the outside looking in.
First 5 teams OUT: Illinois St., Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan, Wake
The bubble is not very strong this year. If any of these teams can get hot, along with a host of others like Texas Tech, Utah, Ohio St., even Auburn, they will have an opportunity to make the NCAAs.