Here’s my latest projected NCAA tournament field of 68 (* = conference champion).
|2||Ohio State*||Big Ten|
|5||San Diego State||Mountain West|
|5||Wichita State*||Missouri Valley|
|7||Notre Dame||Big East|
|8||Southern Mississippi*||Conference USA|
|10||Iowa State||Big 12|
|13||Middle Tennessee*||Sun Belt|
|16||Miss. Valley State*/UNC Asheville*||Play-in|
|2||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|7||New Mexico*||Mountain West|
|11||Seton Hall||Big East|
|6||Saint Mary’s*||West Coast|
|7||Murray State*||Ohio Valley|
|9||Saint Louis||Atlantic 10|
|10||West Virginia||Big East|
|12||Central Florida||Conference USA|
|13||Long Beach State*||Big West|
|15||Weber State*||Big Sky|
Missouri: Why are the Tigers good? No team shoots better than the Tigers from inside the three-point arc.
Wichita State: The class of the Valley has lost just one game – in triple overtime – since New Year’s.
Texas: The Longhorns, who have not missed the NCAA tournament since 1998, are starting to pick up steam.
Marquette: Buzz Williams’s team could be the most unsung of all teams in contention for a top four NCAA tourney seed.
Virginia: After a strong first three months of season, the Cavaliers are beginning to slide in less-than-elite ACC.
Illinois: Disastrous slide could ultimately cost team tournament bid and Coach Bruce Weber his job.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers do not have enough quality nonconference wins to survive further fall in standings.
Saint Mary’s: The Gaels look to halt current skid Saturday at Murray State in the best BracketBusters matchup.
Oral Roberts: One of the nation’s best free throw-shooting teams, they are as hot as anyone, losing one game since Dec. 15.
Saint Louis: Coach Rick Majerus, a man who knows how to win in March, has not seen his team lose yet this month.
California: Everyone is so down on the Pac-12, perhaps it can find a Cinderella team out of its one-bid league.
Xavier: The Musketeers, ranked 14th in the preseason, have been such a disappointment, perhaps they can now surprise folks.