Field of 68 Projection: Maui, Battle 4 Atlantis, and Phil Knight Tourneys Should Give Us Some Answers

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EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Here’s where our weekly Field of 68 projection sits two weeks into the regular season. We received some answers this past week with the Gavitt Games (Big Ten 6, Big East 2) and several exempt tournaments, and we’ll get many more Thanksgiving week. I’ve rewarded some of the championship-winning teams from last week with either a spot in the field or mention among other teams to watch.

At the top of the tournament list this week are the Maui Invitational (Nov. 21-23), Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 23-25), Phil Knight Invitational (Nov. 24-27), and Phil Knight Legacy (Nov. 24-27). All four have exceptional fields, highlighted by Arizona/Creighton (Maui), Kansas/Tennessee (Battle 4 Atlantis), North Carolina/Michigan State (PKI), and Gonzaga/Duke (Legacy).

An * denotes the projected automatic qualifier (best KenPom ranking) in a multiple-bid conference. KenPom rankings are noted in parentheses, but once the NCAA releases its NET rankings starting December 5th, I will use NET the remainder of the season.

Week 2 Team of the Week: Virginia – The Cavaliers beat Baylor 86-79 and Illinois 70-61 to win the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas, all in the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting on the UVa campus

FIELD OF 68 PROJECTION (November 20, 2022)
America East (1): Vermont (133)

American (3): *Houston (2), Memphis (28), UCF (70)

ACC (6): *Virginia (5), Duke (9), North Carolina (16), Virginia Tech (30), Miami (44), Notre Dame (65)

ASUN (1): Liberty (99)

Atlantic 10 (2): *Dayton (37), Saint Louis (43)

Big East (6): *UConn (19), Creighton (23), Villanova (32), Saint John’s (33), Xavier (34), Seton Hall (35)

Big Sky (1): Montana State (164)

Big South (1): Campbell (169)

Big Ten (8): *Indiana (8), Iowa (15), Michigan State (21), Maryland (22), Illinois (24), Purdue (25), Ohio State (29), Michigan (42)

Big XII (6): *Texas (1), Baylor (6), Kansas (10), Texas Tech (26), West Virginia (39), TCU (50)

Big West (1): UCSB (103)

Colonial (2): *Towson (83), College of Charleston (128)

Conference USA (1): UAB (46)

Horizon (1): Northern Kentucky (161)

Ivy (1): Princeton (138)

MAAC (1): Iona (82)

MAC (1): Toledo (73)

MEAC (1): Norfolk (182)

Missouri Valley (1): Drake (71)

Mountain West (2): *San Diego State (17), New Mexico (112)

NEC (1): Wagner (250)

OVC (1): Morehead (239)

Pac 12 (3): *Arizona (11), UCLA (13), Arizona State (57)

Patriot (1): Colgate (97)

SEC (7): *Kentucky (4), Tennessee (7), Alabama (12), Arkansas (14), Auburn (18), Mississippi State (27), Florida (36)

SoCon (1): Furman (61)

Southland (1): Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (192)

SWAC (1): Southern (225)

Summit (1): Oral Roberts (104)

Sun Belt (1): James Madison (81)

WCC (2): *Gonzaga (3), Saint Mary’s (20)

WAC (1): Grand Canyon (96)
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Last 4 In: Mississippi State (27), UCF (70), New Mexico (112), College of Charleston (128)

First 4 Out: Penn State (31), Iowa State (53), Kansas State (66), UMass (140)

8 to Watch: Wisconsin (41), Utah State (48), Ole Miss (51), Tulane (64), Kent (87), San Francisco (91), UNLV (98), Louisiana (142)

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (6): Saint Mary’s (20), Memphis (28), Saint Louis (43), UCF (70), New Mexico (112), College of Charleston (128)
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New to the Field (17): Arizona State, Campbell, College of Charleston, Grand Canyon, Liberty, Maryland, Mississippi State, Norfolk, Northern Kentucky, Oral Roberts, Princeton, Southern, Towson, UCF, UCSB, Vermont, West Virginia

Leaving the Field (17): Bryant, Coppin, Florida Gulf Coast, Hofstra, Providence, Radford, Sam Houston, Santa Clara, South Dakota State, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Texas Southern, UC-Irvine, VCU, Wisconsin, Wright, Yale
 




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