Here’s my latest projected NCAA tournament field of 68.
|7||Seton Hall||Big East|
|13||Middle Tennessee*||Sun Belt|
|3||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|4||Murray State*||Ohio Valley|
|6||Kansas State||Big 12|
|11||New Mexico||Mountain West|
|12||N.C. State/Central Florida||Play-in|
|1||Ohio State*||Big Ten|
|8||Wichita State||Missouri Valley|
|12||Saint Louis*||Atlantic 10|
|16||Stony Brook*/UNC Asheville*||Play-in|
|3||West Virginia||Big East|
|6||San Diego State||MWC|
|12||Southern Mississippi*||Conference USA|
|13||Long Beach State*||Big West|
|15||Weber State*||Big Sky|
|16||Texas-Arlington*/Miss. Valley State||Play-in|
Kentucky: The Wildcats have been dominant of late, and Coach John Calipari is still not satisfied.
Kansas: Baylor and Missouri are formidable challengers, but the Big 12 may still belong to the Jayhawks again.
Wisconsin: The Badgers have three quality victories since their three-game losing skid a month ago.
Saint Louis: Coach Rick Majerus’s team won three straight, including claiming its best win of the season at Xavier.
George Mason: The Patriots are hot, but they are not going to claim what would be considered a quality victory in CAA play.
Wichita State: Overshadowed by league front-runner Creighton, the Shockers show that the Missouri Valley is two-bid league.
Indiana: This has still been a resurgent season for the Hoosiers even though they have lost four of their last five games.
Xavier: Just when you thought it was safe to jump back on the bandwagon, the enigmatic Musketeers lose two straight.
Marshall: Ten days ago, Marshall looked like the potential favorite in Conference USA before dropping three straight games.
Colorado State: The Rams have a strong RPI but a small margin for error as they sink in the MWC standings.
Saint Mary’s: The Gaels, one of the nation’s best shooting teams inside the three-point arc, are poised for another run in the NCAAs.
Middle Tennessee: The Sun Belt favorite, which does not rely heavily on three-point shooting, should earn a respectable double-digit seed.
Long Beach State: Dan Monson has done an excellent job navigating the nation’s third-strongest nonleague schedule.
Davidson: They are back and dangerous. Davidson shoots nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line.