Road to Selection Sunday: Current Big Ten Stench Equates to Only 4 Teams in Weekly Projected Field of 68


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Nov 12, 2008
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By Buzz King

ROAD TO SELECTION SUNDAY, MN – Hot off the presses we have the post-Week #2 in-season Field of 68 projection, but first a quick update on our Power 6 head-to-head standings. It has not been an ideal start for the Big Ten, and that’s being kind. There’s quite a stench emanating from the Big Ten offices in Chicago.

Power 6 Head-to-Head Through Week #2
1 SEC (12-6)
2 Big XII (5-4)
T3 Big East (7-7)
T3 Pac 12 (5-5)
5 ACC (6-8)
6 Big Ten (5-10)

Team Wins vs. Power 6
Miami (3): Georgia, Kansas State, UCF
Mississippi State (3): Arizona State, Northwestern, Washington State
Providence (2): Georgia, Wisconsin
South Carolina (2): DePaul, Virginia Tech
Arizona (1): Duke
Auburn (1): Notre Dame
Baylor (1): Auburn
Creighton (1): Iowa
Duke (1): Michigan State
Florida (1): Florida State
Georgia (1): Wake Forest
Houston (1): Utah
Kansas (1): Kentucky
Kansas State (1): Providence
LSU (1): Wake Forest
Marquette (1): Illinois
Michigan (1): Saint John’s
Michigan State (1): Butler
Missouri (1): Minnesota
Nebraska (1): Oregon State
Notre Dame (1): Oklahoma State
Oregon (1): Georgia
Purdue (1): Xavier
Rutgers (1): Georgetown
Saint John’s (1): Utah
Tennessee (1): Wisconsin
Texas (1): Louisville
Texas A&M (1): Ohio State
UConn (1): Indiana
USC (1): Kansas State
Utah (1): Wake Forest
Villanova (1): Maryland
Virginia (1): Florida
Washington (1): Xavier

FIELD OF 68 PROJECTION (through games played Nov. 19)
Teams in ALL CAPS BOLD denote the projected automatic qualifier in a multiple-bid conference. When the NCAA starts releasing daily NET rankings (likely early December), the automatic qualifier will be the team with the best conference record or – in the event of a tie -- best NET ranking.

America East (1): Vermont

American (2): FAU, MEMPHIS

ACC (6): Clemson, DUKE, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia

ASUN (1): Lipscomb

Atlantic 10 (1): Dayton

Big East (5): Creighton, Marquette, Providence, UCONN, Villanova

Big Sky (1): Weber State

Big South (1): Winthrop

Big Ten (4): Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, PURDUE

Big XII (9): Baylor, BYU, Houston, Iowa State, KANSAS, Kansas State, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech

Big West (1): Long Beach State

Colonial (1): UNC-Wilmington

Conference USA (1): Liberty

Horizon (1): Purdue-Fort Wayne

Ivy (1): Princeton

MAAC (1): Iona

MAC (1): Akron

MEAC (1): Norfolk State

Missouri Valley (2): Bradley, DRAKE

Mountain West (3): Boise State, Nevada, SAN DIEGO STATE

NEC (1): Sacred Heart

OVC (1): Morehead State

Pac 12 (5): ARIZONA, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, USC

Patriot (1): Colgate

SEC (9): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina. TENNESSEE, Texas A&M

SoCon (1): Western Carolina

Southland (1): McNeese

SWAC (1): Prairie View A&M

Summit (1): South Dakota State

Sun Belt (1): James Madison

WCC (1): Gonzaga

WAC (1): Grand Canyon
Last 4 In: Bradley, Ole Miss (last team in), Pitt, South Carolina

First 4 Out: Florida, Iowa (first team out), Ohio State, Oklahoma

12 to Watch: Cincinnati, Colorado State, Duquesne, NC State, Saint John’s, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Syracuse, Toledo, Tulane, Utah, Washington

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (4): Boise State, Bradley, FAU, Nevada

Moving In (11): Bradley, Dayton, Iowa State, Lipscomb, McNeese, Norfolk State, Pitt, Prairie View A&M, South Carolina, Western Carolina, Winthrop

Dropping Out (11): Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Howard, Nicholls, Ohio State, Radford, Saint John’s, Saint Mary’s, Southern, Wisconsin

KenPom: Gophers #105, Tommies #237
Torvik: Gophers #100, Tommies #238
Haslametrics: Gophers #125, Tommies #230

Final 4:
Creighton, Duke, Michigan State, Tennessee
NCAA Champion: Michigan State
NIT Champion: Arizona State
CBI Champion: St. Thomas
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