Field of 68 Projection: Red-Hot Maryland Now Solidly In The Field As Gophers Drop Out

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The Big Ten remains at a bracket-best 9 tournament bids in this week’s Field of 68 projection, but Maryland – which ripped off 4 wins this past week – has replaced the Gophers in the field. The Gophers are the second team out. They are joined in the “first 4 out” by Richmond (first team out), Xavier, and back-from-the-dead Duke, which beat Virginia to revive its tournament hopes.

There are 10 new teams in this week’s field: Cleveland State (Horizon Tournament #1 seed); Colorado State (at-large); James Madison (Colonial auto bid); Maryland (at-large); Monmouth (MAAC auto bid); Saint Bonaventure (at-large); Stanford (at-large); UTRGV (WAC auto bid); Wagner (NEC auto bid); and Wichita State (American auto bid).

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 Feb. 21)
America East (1): UMBC (126)

American (2): Houston (6), *Wichita State (68)

ACC (6): Virginia (9), *Florida State (12), North Carolina (34), Virginia Tech (36), Clemson (38), Louisville (53)

ASUN (1): Liberty (92)

Atlantic 10 (2): *VCU (35), Saint Bonaventure (37)

Big East (4): *Villanova (10), Creighton (25), Seton Hall (49), UConn (54)

Big Sky (1): Eastern Washington (116)

Big South (1): Winthrop (70)

Big Ten (9): *Michigan (3), Illinois (4), Iowa (5), Ohio State (7), Wisconsin (20), Purdue (28), Maryland (30), Rutgers (31), Indiana (52)

Big XII (7): *Baylor (2), Texas Tech (14), West Virginia (15), Kansas (16), Oklahoma (19), Texas (23), Oklahoma State (41)

Big West (1): UCSB (44)

Colonial (1): James Madison (124)

Conference USA (1): Western Kentucky (76)

Horizon (1): Cleveland State (167)

MAAC (1): Monmouth (163)

MAC (1): Toledo (66)

MEAC (1): North Carolina A&T (293)

Missouri Valley (2): *Loyola (11), Drake (33)

Mountain West (3): San Diego State (24), *Boise State (32), Colorado State (46)

NEC (1): Wagner (154)

OVC (1): Belmont (63)

Pac 12 (5): *USC (18), Colorado (21), Oregon (42), UCLA (43), Stanford (57)

Patriot (1): Colgate (13)

SEC (6): *Alabama (8), Tennessee (17), Arkansas (26), LSU (27), Florida (29), Missouri (39)

SoCon (1): UNC-Greensboro (95)

Southland (1): Abilene Christian (77)

SWAC (1): Prairie View A&M (152)

Summit (1): South Dakota (180)

Sun Belt (1): Texas State (145)

WCC (2): *Gonzaga (1), BYU (22)

WAC (1): UTRGV (204)

Last 4 In:
Stanford, Drake, UConn, Indiana (last team in)

First 4 Out: Richmond (58; first team out), Minnesota (60), Xavier (50), Duke (56)

8 to Watch: Syracuse (47), Saint Louis (48), Georgia Tech (51), Utah State (55), SMU (59), Memphis (61), Ole Miss (62), Saint John’s (75)
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Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (6): Houston (6), BYU (22), San Diego State (24), Drake (33), Saint Bonaventure (37), Colorado State (46)

Power 6 Overall Bids Percentage (37 of 68): 54.4%

Non-Power 6 Overall Bids Percentage (31 of 68): 45.6%

Out With The Old (10): Grand Canyon, Minnesota, Mount Saint Mary’s, North Texas, Northeastern, Saint Louis, Siena, Utah State, Wright State, Xavier

In With The New (10): Cleveland State, Colorado State, James Madison, Maryland, Monmouth, Saint Bonaventure, Stanford, UTRGV, Wagner, Wichita State

NEXT PROJECTION:
Sunday, Feb. 28
 
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cjbfbp

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I wonder if a team has ever beaten two #1 seeds and not made the tournament?
I don't know but my guess is that there are numerous teams with a winning percentage of around 56% or an average loss margin around 17 points who didn't get in.
 
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We differ on 2.

I have Xavier and Richmond in.
I have Stanford and UConn out.

My last 4 in: Indiana (last in), Seton Hall, Colorado State, Richmond
My first four out: SMU (first out), Stanford, Duke, UConn

Gophers would be my 5th team out as of today
 

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I think Louisville is making a strong case at this point to be left out. No Q1 wins and only one win over a sure fire tournament team at the moment(Va Tech). Their metrics are also not very good at the moment.
 
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