Field of 68 Projection: Big Ten Keeps On Truckin', Holds Season High 11 NCAA Bids (for now)

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This week’s Field of 68 projection has 18 new teams. From this point on I’m doing my best to make at-large selections all about the resume, so that’s why some familiar names with a good NET ranking (i.e. #30 Virginia) didn’t make the field. Also note, if a team is not ranked in the top 100 of the NET, they will not be considered for at-large selection.

The Big Ten again leads the way, this time with a season high 11 bids. Michigan State is hanging on as one of the “last 4 in”, and, yes, I still have Northwestern in the field (ahead of Sparty) despite a 3-game losing skid. For the record, I don't think the Big Ten ends up with 11 bids (someone has to lose games), but I certainly think 9 or 10 bids will be in play come Selection Sunday.

An * denotes the leader in a multiple-bid conference or -- in the event of a standings tie -- the team with the best NET ranking (noted in parentheses).

FIELD OF 68 PROJECTION (through games played 1/9/21)
America East (1): Stony Brook (203)

American (3): *Houston (7), Tulsa (54), Wichita State (64)

ACC (6): Clemson (17), *Louisville (27), Virginia Tech (32), NC State (51), North Carolina (55), Florida State (61)

ASUN (1): Liberty (68)

Atlantic 10 (2): Saint Louis (15), *Richmond (58)

Big East (5): *Villanova (8), Creighton (14), UConn (21), Xavier (33), Seton Hall (49)

Big Sky (1): Southern Utah (151)

Big South (1): Winthrop (48)

Big Ten (11): *Michigan (4), Illinois (5), Iowa (6), Wisconsin (10), Ohio State (24), Minnesota (32), Purdue (39), Indiana (43), Rutgers (44), Northwestern (57), Michigan State (85)

Big XII (6): *Baylor (2), Texas (9), Kansas (13), Texas Tech (18), West Virginia (26), Oklahoma (42)

Big West (1): UC-Irvine (143)

Colonial (1): Northeastern (128)

Conference USA (1): UAB (71)

Horizon (1): Cleveland State (142)

MAAC (1): Siena (74)

MAC (1): Toledo (59)

MEAC (1): North Carolina A&T (317)

Missouri Valley (1): Drake (12)

Mountain West (2): *Boise State (23), San Diego State (34)

NEC (1): Bryant (88)

OVC (1): Belmont (104)

Pac 12 (5): Colorado (11), USC (16), Oregon (25), *UCLA (31), Stanford (46)

Patriot (1): Navy (123)

SEC (5): Tennessee (3), LSU (20), Missouri (22), *Alabama (28), Florida (53)

SoCon (1): Furman (52)

Southland (1): Sam Houston State (160)

SWAC (1): Arkansas-Pine Bluff (332)

Summit (1): North Dakota State (163)

Sun Belt (1): Coastal Carolina (115)

WCC (2): *Gonzaga (1), BYU (38)

WAC (1): Grand Canyon (127)
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Last 4 In: Florida (53), Tulsa (54), Wichita State (64), Michigan State (85)

First 4 Out: Arkansas (19), Virginia (30), Colorado State (50), Providence (79)

8 to Watch: Syracuse (40), VCU (47), Pitt (60), Utah State (63), Loyola-Chicago (65), Georgia Tech (78), San Francisco (84), Duke (98)

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (5): Saint Louis (15), San Diego State (34), BYU (38), Tulsa (54), Wichita State (64)

Non-Power 6 Representation Percentage: 44.1%

Out With The Old (18): Abilene Christian, Arkansas, Bowling Green, Colgate, Duke, Grambling, Hofstra, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Monmouth, Mount Saint Mary’s, New Mexico State, Oral Roberts, Providence, Rice, SMU, Virginia, VCU

In With The New (18): Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Bryant, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Grand Canyon, Liberty, Navy, North Dakota State, Northeastern, Purdue, Richmond, Sam Houston State, Siena, Toledo, Tulsa, UAB, UConn, Wichita State

My Preseason Final 4: Gonzaga, Kentucky, Michigan State, Virginia

National Champion: Gonzaga

NEXT PROJECTION: Saturday. Jan. 16/Sunday, Jan. 17
 
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