Field of 68 Projection: College Basketball's Penultimate Month Has Arrived

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We’ve reached college basketball’s penultimate month. The grind is real. Teams now have only 35 days to prove their NCAA Tournament worthiness and hear their name called on Selection Sunday.

An * denotes the automatic qualifier (conference leader and/or best NET ranking) in a multiple-bid conference. Current NET ranking is noted in parentheses.

FIELD OF 68 PROJECTION (through games played February 4)
America East (1): Vermont (136)

American (1): Houston (1)

ACC (7): Virginia (15), Duke (25), Miami (40), NC State (42), North Carolina (44), Pitt (56), *Clemson (64)

ASUN (1): Liberty (49)

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU (78)

Big East (5): UConn (7), *Marquette (14), Creighton (16), Xavier (24), Providence (37)

Big Sky (1): Eastern Washington (124)

Big South (1): Radford (151)

Big Ten (9): *Purdue (4), Rutgers (19), Indiana (21), Illinois (26), Maryland (28), Iowa (33), Michigan State (45), Northwestern (57), Wisconsin (69)

Big XII (8): *Texas (8), Kansas (10), Iowa State (12), Baylor (13), TCU (17), West Virginia (20), Kansas State (22), Oklahoma State (35)

Big West (1): UCSB (96)

Colonial (1): College of Charleston (62)

Conference USA (1): FAU (18)

Horizon (1): Youngstown State (113)

Ivy (1): Princeton (105)

MAAC (1): Siena (149)

MAC (1): Akron (93)

MEAC (1): Maryland-Eastern Shore (219)

Missouri Valley (1): Bradley (72)

Mountain West (4): *San Diego State (23), Boise State (27), Nevada (34), New Mexico (39)

NEC (1): Fairleigh Dickinson (301)

OVC (1): Morehead State (240)

Pac 12 (3): *UCLA (5), Arizona (9), USC (52)

Patriot (1): Colgate (111)

SEC (6): Tennessee (2), *Alabama (3), Arkansas (29), Auburn (30), Kentucky (31), Missouri (48)

SoCon (1): Furman (88)

Southland (1): Northwestern State (175)

SWAC (1): Southern U (225)

Summit (1): Oral Roberts (38)

Sun Belt (1): Southern Miss (59)

WCC (2): *Saint Mary’s (6), Gonzaga (11)

WAC (1): Utah Valley (80)
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Last 4 In: Kentucky (31), New Mexico (39), Northwestern (57), Wisconsin (69)

First 4 Out: Utah State (32), Mississippi State (46), Memphis (47), Oregon (54)

8 to Watch: Texas A&M (41), Florida (43), Virginia Tech (50), Seton Hall (51), Penn State (53), Utah (55), North Texas (58), Wake Forest (67)

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (4): Gonzaga (11), Boise State (27), Nevada (34), New Mexico (39)

First 4 Automatic Qualifiers: Maryland-Eastern Shore (219), Southern U (225), Morehead State (240), Fairleigh Dickinson (301)
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In With the New (13): Akron, Arkansas, Bradley, Furman, Kentucky, Morehead State, Northwestern State, Oklahoma State, Princeton, Radford, VCU, Wisconsin, Youngstown State

Out With the Old (13): Arizona State, Cornell, Kent, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Southeast Missouri State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro

NEXT PROJECTION: Sunday, February 12
 

We’ve reached college basketball’s penultimate month. The grind is real. Teams now have only 35 days to prove their NCAA Tournament worthiness and hear their name called on Selection Sunday.

An * denotes the automatic qualifier (conference leader and/or best NET ranking) in a multiple-bid conference. Current NET ranking is noted in parentheses.

FIELD OF 68 PROJECTION (through games played February 4)
America East (1): Vermont (136)

American (1): Houston (1)

ACC (7): Virginia (15), Duke (25), Miami (40), NC State (42), North Carolina (44), Pitt (56), *Clemson (64)

ASUN (1): Liberty (49)

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU (78)

Big East (5): UConn (7), *Marquette (14), Creighton (16), Xavier (24), Providence (37)

Big Sky (1): Eastern Washington (124)

Big South (1): Radford (151)

Big Ten (9): *Purdue (4), Rutgers (19), Indiana (21), Illinois (26), Maryland (28), Iowa (33), Michigan State (45), Northwestern (57), Wisconsin (69)

Big XII (8): *Texas (8), Kansas (10), Iowa State (12), Baylor (13), TCU (17), West Virginia (20), Kansas State (22), Oklahoma State (35)

Big West (1): UCSB (96)

Colonial (1): College of Charleston (62)

Conference USA (1): FAU (18)

Horizon (1): Youngstown State (113)

Ivy (1): Princeton (105)

MAAC (1): Siena (149)

MAC (1): Akron (93)

MEAC (1): Maryland-Eastern Shore (219)

Missouri Valley (1): Bradley (72)

Mountain West (4): *San Diego State (23), Boise State (27), Nevada (34), New Mexico (39)

NEC (1): Fairleigh Dickinson (301)

OVC (1): Morehead State (240)

Pac 12 (3): *UCLA (5), Arizona (9), USC (52)

Patriot (1): Colgate (111)

SEC (6): Tennessee (2), *Alabama (3), Arkansas (29), Auburn (30), Kentucky (31), Missouri (48)

SoCon (1): Furman (88)

Southland (1): Northwestern State (175)

SWAC (1): Southern U (225)

Summit (1): Oral Roberts (38)

Sun Belt (1): Southern Miss (59)

WCC (2): *Saint Mary’s (6), Gonzaga (11)

WAC (1): Utah Valley (80)
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Last 4 In: Kentucky (31), New Mexico (39), Northwestern (57), Wisconsin (69)

First 4 Out: Utah State (32), Mississippi State (46), Memphis (47), Oregon (54)

8 to Watch: Texas A&M (41), Florida (43), Virginia Tech (50), Seton Hall (51), Penn State (53), Utah (55), North Texas (58), Wake Forest (67)

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (4): Gonzaga (11), Boise State (27), Nevada (34), New Mexico (39)

First 4 Automatic Qualifiers: Maryland-Eastern Shore (219), Southern U (225), Morehead State (240), Fairleigh Dickinson (301)
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In With the New (13): Akron, Arkansas, Bradley, Furman, Kentucky, Morehead State, Northwestern State, Oklahoma State, Princeton, Radford, VCU, Wisconsin, Youngstown State

Out With the Old (13): Arizona State, Cornell, Kent, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Southeast Missouri State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro

NEXT PROJECTION: Sunday, February 12
Wiscy?
 


Is it fair to say that Purdue is now locked in and Minnesota/Nebraska/Ohio State have been eliminated from our conference while the other 10 are still in play?

Who is the next closest to lock status and eliminated status? Indiana and Michigan?
 

Is it fair to say that Purdue is now locked in and Minnesota/Nebraska/Ohio State have been eliminated from our conference while the other 10 are still in play?

Who is the next closest to lock status and eliminated status? Indiana and Michigan?
I don’t have my stuff in front of me, but pretty sure this is roughly my Big Ten at-large pecking order from 2 to 11 (after Purdue):

Rutgers
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan State
Maryland
Northwestern
Wisconsin
Penn State
Michigan
 








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