The Field of 65 (TSB.net’s Bracketology)

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By: David Kay

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s weekly college basketball feature, “The Field of 65.”  Usually every Friday I will do my best Joe Lunardi impersonation and predict the NCAA Tournament field; but with the holiday weekend, me stuffing my face with turkey and dressing, and several tournaments taking place I decided to push this week’s edition back a few days.

These early season tournaments have given us a great gauge as to which teams are overrated (UCLA, Oklahoma), which are underrated (Cincinnati, Florida, and Marquette), and which mid-majors are to be taken seriously (Gonzaga, Portland).  They have also allowed me a better understanding of how to shape out the The Field of 65 which early in the season tends to be a difficult challenge since you are not able to get a great read of a team by them beating up on inferior competition.

The Selection Committee is always criticized when the brackets come out for leaving a team out, the seedings, or sending a program to play somewhere far away from home.  Until you actually sit down and try to figure this thing out, don’t knock the system because believe me, it’s a complex process.  Here’s me taking a shot at it.  Be sure to check back every Friday for my updated field.

MIDWEST REGIONAL- St. Louis

AT OKLAHOMA CITY
1. Kansas (B12)
16. Lehigh (Patriot)

8. Vanderbilt (SEC)
9. Michigan (B10)

AT SPOKANE
5. Florida State (ACC)
12. Portland (WCC)

4. Georgetown (BE)
13. Kent State (MAC)

AT MILWAUKEE
6. Clemson (ACC)
11. Dayton (A10)

3. Michigan State (B10)
14. Oakland (Summit)

AT BUFFALO
7. Kansas State (B12)
10. BYU (MWC)

2. West Virginia (BE)
15. Sam Houston State (Southland)

EAST REGIONAL-Syracuse

AT PROVIDENCE
1. Villanova (BE)
16. Mount St. Mary’s (NEC)

8. Minnesota (B10)
9. Wake Forest (ACC)

AT SAN JOSE
5. Oklahoma State (B12)
12. Marquette (BE)

4. Florida (SEC)
13. VCU (CAA)

AT BUFFALO
6. Cincinnati (BE)
11. Siena (MAAC)

3. Ohio State (B10)
14. Cornell (Ivy)

AT JACKSONVILLE
7. California (P10)
10. Mississippi State (SEC)

2. Duke (ACC)
15. Boston U. (AEC)

WEST REGIONAL- Salt Lake City

AT MILWAUKEE
1. Purdue (B10)
16. Northern Colorado (Big Sky)

8. Georgia Tech (ACC)
9. Butler (Hor)

AT SAN JOSE
5. UConn (BE)
12. Nevada (WAC)

4. Gonzaga (WCC)
13. Long Beach State (Big West)

AT SPOKANE
6. Texas A&M (B12)
11. Maryland (ACC)

3. Washington (P10)
14. Morehead State (OVC)

AT JACKSONVILLE
7. Memphis (CUSA)
10. Notre Dame (BE)

2. Kentucky (SEC)
15. Radford (Big South)

SOUTH REGIONAL- Houston

AT OKLAHOMA CITY
1. Texas (B12)
16. Morgan St. (MEAC)/Jackson St. (SWAC)

8. Miami, FL (ACC)
9. Illinois (B10)

AT NEW ORLEANS
5. Louisville (BE)
12. Northern Iowa (MVC)

4. Tennessee (SEC)
13. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

AT NEW ORLEANS
6. Mississippi (SEC)
11. UNLV (MWC)

3. North Carolina (ACC)
14. Charleston (Southern)

AT PROVIDENCE
7. Wisconsin (B10)
10. Tulsa (CUSA)

2. Syracuse (BE)
15. Jacksonville (Atl. Sun)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:
Missouri
St. John’s
Xavier
Seton Hall
Northwestern
South Carolina
Washington State
UTEP

Welcome to the Dance:
Mississippi State
UNLV
Portland
Marquette

Fell Out of the Tourney:
Oklahoma
Xavier
UCLA
Arizona

Multiple Bid Conferences:

Big East (9)
Big Ten (7)
ACC (7)
SEC (6)
Big 12 (5)
Pac 10 (2)
WCC (2)
Mountain West (2)
CUSA (2)

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  1. paulmbanks says

    Northwestern’s RPI is 65…so I agree they are on the wrong side of the bubble right now. Still can’t believe they had a RPI of 11 in the 2nd week of Dec last year

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