SEC's 8 Bids Leads 1st In-Season Field of 68 Projection

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EDEN PRAIRIE , MN -- With much fanfare, my first in-season “Field of 68” projection for the 2021-22 college basketball season has arrived. NET rankings have yet to be released by the NCAA (not that they mean much until at least February), so until they are I’ll use KenPom rankings (in parentheses). Obviously, until there is enough data from actual game results, this is mostly a projection ahead of future results than it is about tournament resume, though certainly I’ve factored in results from the first 12 days of the season.

The SEC leads my current field with 8 bids, followed by the Big East, Big Ten, and Big XII with 6 apiece. Automatic qualifiers in multiple-bid conferences are noted in bold.

1st IN-SEASON FIELD OF 68 PROJECTION (through results of November 20)
America East (1): Vermont (95)

American (3): Houston (9), Memphis (15), UCF (55)

ACC (5): Duke (10), Virginia Tech (25), Florida State (32), Clemson (45), North Carolina (48)

ASUN (1): Liberty (123)

Atlantic 10 (1): Saint Bonaventure (30)

Big East (6): Villanova (8), UConn (21), Seton Hall (29), Xavier (33), Saint John’s (47), Marquette (71)

Big Sky (1): Weber (105)

Big South (1): Campbell (163)

Big Ten (6): Michigan (3), Purdue (4), Illinois (6), Michigan State (18), Ohio State (20), Indiana (36)

Big XII (6): Kansas (2), Baylor (5), Texas (12), Texas Tech (13), Oklahoma (40), West Virginia (50)

Big West (1): UCSB (93)

Colonial (1): Hofstra (145)

Conference USA (1): UAB (59)

Horizon (1): Wright (122)

Ivy (1): Yale (143)

MAAC (1): Iona (148)

MAC (1): Buffalo (81)

MEAC (1): Howard (252)

Missouri Valley (2): Loyola (31), Drake (54)

Mountain West (2): Colorado State (61), Utah State (75)

NEC (1): Wagner (153)

OVC (1): Belmont (63)

Pac 12 (5): UCLA (7), USC (16), Arizona (28), Oregon (38), Washington State (49)

Patriot (1): Colgate (106)

SEC (8): Kentucky (11), Alabama (14), Florida (17), Tennessee (19), Arkansas (22), Auburn (26), LSU (27), Mississippi State (46)

SoCon (1): Furman (101)

Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin (147)

SWAC (1): Texas Southern (235)

Summit (1): South Dakota State (78)

Sun Belt (1): Georgia State (103)

WCC (3): Gonzaga (1), BYU (23), Saint Mary’s (44)

WAC (1): New Mexico State (111)
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Last 4 In: Mississippi State (46), West Virginia (50), Drake (54), UCF (55)

First 4 Out: Iowa (24), San Diego State (41), Utah (77), Cincinnati (96)

Next 8: San Francisco (34), Notre Dame (35), Syracuse (51), Creighton (56), Wichita (67), Providence (70), Kansas State (84), Chattanooga (119)

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (6): Memphis (15), BYU (23), Saint Mary's (44), Drake (54), UCF (55), Utah State (75)
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Ineligible for NCAA Tournament (9): Oklahoma State (37), Bellarmine (191), Cal Baptist (213), Tarleton (222), Merrimack (224), UC-San Diego (226), North Alabama (306), Dixie (308), Saint Thomas (321)
 
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