Final Preseason "Field of 68" Projection: Gophers will survive brutal start to B1G schedule, make NCAA tourney field

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BUBBLEVILLE, Minn. -- It’s been a bumpy road to get here, but we’ve finally arrived at the start of a much anticipated (with fingers crossed) 2020-21 college basketball season. Where it (and The Corona) takes us, we can’t exactly know, but after the shock of losing the 2020 NCAA Tournament, college basketball fans simply are just glad we’re here. It feels good just to say (type) that, when it was just March 12 we were watching in disbelief as March Madness became March Sadness.

So without further ado, here’s our final preseason “Field of 68” projection for the 2020-21 season. Locally, it starts Thanksgiving Eve at 6 p.m. CT (BTN+) when the Gophers (again, fingers crossed) are slated to take on Green Bay at a mostly empty (get used to that) Williams Arena.

I have the Gophers making the Field of 68 as one of the “last 4 in”, but I have to admit, that 4-game stretch to start the Big Ten season (@ Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, @ Wisconsin) gives me serious pause. The Gophers need to avoid digging a hole that is too deep to crawl out of.

Please note, the Ivy League opted out of the season so – going on the assumption the Selection Committee sticks with a 68-team field (certainly not a given) – we will have 37 at-large bids instead of 36. Enjoy the season, in whatever shape and form it comes. Let the games begin!

An * denotes the projected conference champion in a multiple-bid conference.

Field of 68 Projection (11/20/20)
America East (1): Vermont

American (3): *Houston, Memphis, SMU

ACC (7): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, *Virginia

ASUN (1): Lipscomb

Atlantic 10 (3): Dayton, Richmond, *Saint Louis

Big East (4): Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, *Villanova

Big Sky (1): Northern Colorado

Big South (1): Winthrop

Big Ten (9): *Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Big XII (6): Baylor, *Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Big West (1): UCSB

Colonial (1): College of Charleston

Conference USA (1): Western Kentucky

Horizon (1): Youngstown State

MAAC (1): Siena

MAC (1): Bowling Green

MEAC (1): NCCU

Missouri Valley (2): Bradley, *Loyola

Mountain West (2): *San Diego State, Utah State

NEC (1): Saint Francis-Pa.

OVC (1): Austin Peay

Pac 12 (4): Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, *UCLA

Patriot (1): Colgate

SEC (6): Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, *Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee

SoCon (1): UNC-Greensboro

Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin

SWAC (1): Southern U

Summit (1): South Dakota State

Sun Belt (1): South Alabama

WCC (2): BYU, *Gonzaga

WAC (1): New Mexico State
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Last 4 In: Bradley, Clemson, Minnesota, SMU

First 4 Out: Boise State, South Carolina, UConn, USC

Dozen to Watch: Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado, Furman, Marquette, Maryland, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Rhode Island, San Francisco, UNLV, Wright State

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (7): Bradley, BYU, Dayton, Memphis, Richmond, SMU, Utah State

The Slipper Fits (potential Sweet 16 Cinderellas from 1-Bid Leagues): Bowling Green, UNC-Greensboro, Western Kentucky, Winthrop

Final 4: Gonzaga, Kentucky, Michigan State, Virginia

Lurking: Baylor, Creighton, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Villanova

National Champion: Gonzaga

Conference Rankings (Multiple-Bid Leagues Only)
1 Big Ten
2 Big XII
3 ACC
4 SEC
5 Big East
6 Pac 12
7 Atlantic 10
8 American
9 Mountain West
10 WCC
11 Missouri Valley
 
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Fun to think about...but how are we going to have a season with the present NCAA rules??
One guy, 1 guy, tests positive from coaches, players, managers, stats people, secretaries etc and EVerybody is shut down for 14 days.

Conditioning is a pretty important part to the safety of athletes. Sit 14 days and play a game might be dumber than the rule to begin with.
 

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Fun to think about...but how are we going to have a season with the present NCAA rules??
One guy, 1 guy, tests positive from coaches, players, managers, stats people, secretaries etc and EVerybody is shut down for 14 days.

Conditioning is a pretty important part to the safety of athletes. Sit 14 days and play a game might be dumber than the rule to begin with.
The 14-day “pause” definitely is a dumb rule. Hoping NCAA comes to their senses and revisits that, but not holding my breath.
 

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19-7 (12-7B1G) will have at least one game not rescheduled due to Rona.
 

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BUBBLEVILLE, Minn. -- It’s been a bumpy road to get here, but we’ve finally arrived at the start of a much anticipated (with fingers crossed) 2020-21 college basketball season. Where it (and The Corona) takes us, we can’t exactly know, but after the shock of losing the 2020 NCAA Tournament, college basketball fans simply are just glad we’re here. It feels good just to say (type) that, when it was just March 12 we were watching in disbelief as March Madness became March Sadness.

So without further ado, here’s our final preseason “Field of 68” projection for the 2020-21 season. Locally, it starts Thanksgiving Eve at 6 p.m. CT (BTN+) when the Gophers (again, fingers crossed) are slated to take on Green Bay at a mostly empty (get used to that) Williams Arena.

I have the Gophers making the Field of 68 as one of the “last 4 in”, but I have to admit, that 4-game stretch to start the Big Ten season (@ Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, @ Wisconsin) gives me serious pause. The Gophers need to avoid digging a hole that is too deep to crawl out of.

Please note, the Ivy League opted out of the season so – going on the assumption the Selection Committee sticks with a 68-team field (certainly not a given) – we will have 37 at-large bids instead of 36. Enjoy the season, in whatever shape and form it comes. Let the games begin!

An * denotes the projected conference champion in a multiple-bid conference.

Field of 68 Projection (11/20/20)
America East (1): Vermont

American (3): *Houston, Memphis, SMU

ACC (7): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, *Virginia

ASUN (1): Lipscomb

Atlantic 10 (3): Dayton, Richmond, *Saint Louis

Big East (4): Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, *Villanova

Big Sky (1): Northern Colorado

Big South (1): Winthrop

Big Ten (9): *Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Big XII (6): Baylor, *Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Big West (1): UCSB

Colonial (1): College of Charleston

Conference USA (1): Western Kentucky

Horizon (1): Youngstown State

MAAC (1): Siena

MAC (1): Bowling Green

MEAC (1): NCCU

Missouri Valley (2): Bradley, *Loyola

Mountain West (2): *San Diego State, Utah State

NEC (1): Saint Francis-Pa.

OVC (1): Austin Peay

Pac 12 (4): Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, *UCLA

Patriot (1): Colgate

SEC (6): Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, *Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee

SoCon (1): UNC-Greensboro

Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin

SWAC (1): Southern U

Summit (1): South Dakota State

Sun Belt (1): South Alabama

WCC (2): BYU, *Gonzaga

WAC (1): New Mexico State
_________________________________

Last 4 In: Bradley, Clemson, Minnesota, SMU

First 4 Out: Boise State, South Carolina, UConn, USC

Dozen to Watch: Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado, Furman, Marquette, Maryland, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Rhode Island, San Francisco, UNLV, Wright State

Non-Power 6 At-Large Bids (7): Bradley, BYU, Dayton, Memphis, Richmond, SMU, Utah State

The Slipper Fits (potential Sweet 16 Cinderellas from 1-Bid Leagues): Bowling Green, UNC-Greensboro, Western Kentucky, Winthrop

Final 4: Gonzaga, Kentucky, Michigan State, Virginia

Lurking: Baylor, Creighton, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Villanova

National Champion: Gonzaga

Conference Rankings (Multiple-Bid Leagues Only)
1 Big Ten
2 Big XII
3 ACC
4 SEC
5 Big East
6 Pac 12
7 Atlantic 10
8 American
9 Mountain West
10 WCC
11 Missouri Valley
How long a drive is it from Bubbleville to Frostbite Falls?

Thanks for your efforts - appreciated as always.
 
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