Here’s my latest projected NCAA tournament field of 68 (* = conference champion).
|2||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|9||Kansas State||Big 12|
|5||New Mexico*||Mountain West|
|6||Murray State*||Ohio Valley|
|9||West Virginia||Big East|
|13||Middle Tennessee*||Sun Belt|
|16||Savannah State*/UNC Asheville*||Play-in|
|1||Michigan State*||Big Ten|
|4||Wichita State*||Missouri Valley|
|5||Notre Dame||Big East|
|7||San Diego State||Mountain West|
|8||Saint Louis||Atlantic 10|
|10||Iowa State||Big 12|
|16||Stony Brook*/Miss. Valley State||Play-in|
|7||Saint Mary’s*||West Coast|
|8||Southern Mississippi*||Conference USA|
|10||Seton Hall||Big East|
|13||Long Beach State*||Big West|
|15||Weber State*||Big Sky|
Kentucky: Opponents shoot just 38.1 percent inside the three-point arc against the Wildcats.
Michigan State: No one has more RPI top 50 wins than the Spartans, who have nine.
Duke: One of the problems with the RPI is that Duke is ranked second. The Blue Devils are good, but not that good this season.
Washington: A shallow pool of qualified bubble teams means that the Huskies remain in contention despite no top 50 wins.
Arizona: Not a banner year for the Pac-12, but the league could get three bids because of nationwide mediocrity.
Cincinnati: Give Mick Cronin credit for salvaging the Bearcats’ season following the brawl against rival Xavier.
Wichita State: The Shockers, one of the nation’s most experienced teams, should not shock anyone should they reach the Final Four.
Alabama: Suspensions have changed the tenor and direction of the season for AnthonyGrant’s team.
Mississippi State: The ill-fated Renardo Sidney era expected to be coming to an end the next few weeks.
UNLV: Inconsistent in conference play, Dave Rice’s team played its best basketball before New Year’s.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers have been sputtering since beating Georgetown on Jan. 7.
New Mexico: Emerging from a strong MWC, you won’t find too many better defensive teams than Steve Alford’s squad.
Kansas State: The Wildcats have their deficiencies, but offensive rebounding is not one of them.
Murray State: The Racers shoot 42 percent from three-point range while holding opponents to 28.5 percent three-point shooting.
Drexel: Unlikely to be rewarded with a strong seed, Bruiser Flint’s team could give a No. 3 seed fits in the first round.