Here’s my latest projected NCAA tournament field of 68.
|9||Southern Miss*||Conference USA|
|10||New Mexico||Mountain West|
|11||Seton Hall||Big East|
|12||Iowa State||Big 12|
|13||Middle Tennessee*||Sun Belt|
|3||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|4||San Diego State||Mountain West|
|5||Murray State*||Ohio Valley|
|7||West Virginia||Big East|
|8||Kansas State||Big 12|
|10||Saint Louis||Atlantic 10|
|16||Mississippi Valley State*||SWAC|
|1||Ohio State*||Big Ten|
|9||Wichita State||Missouri Valley|
|13||Long Beach State*||Big West|
|15||Weber State*||Big Sky|
|16||UNC Asheville*/Stony Brook*||Play-in|
Kentucky: The Wildcats hold opponents to 38.2 percent shooting inside the three-point arc, the lowest percentage in the nation.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes rely on three-point baskets for just 19.4 percent of their points (328th in the nation).
Duke: The Blue Devils rank among the nation’s top 3 in RPI and strength of schedule.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles rank in the top 15 in RPI and strength of schedule.
Louisville: The Cardinals aren’t particularly good outside shooters, but they are gathering momentum at the right time.
Connecticut: Few teams are falling faster than the Huskies, who entered this weekend having lost six of their last eight games.
West Virginia: During their three-game losing streak, the Mountaineers have lost to two potential non-tournament teams in St. John’s and Pittsburgh.
Indiana: Since early January, the Hoosiers have been less than impressive in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten.
Creighton: The Bluejays are not a sleeper to make the tournament; they are a legitimate Final Four sleeper.
Temple: The Owls are starting to pick up steam in a league in which there is little separation among teams at the top.
Colorado State: The Rams still have work to do, but keep in mind they have played the nation’s fourth-strongest schedule.
Minnesota: Tubby Smith’s team is capable, but only if they navigate a remaining schedule that includes Wisconsin (twice), Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State.