It’s easy for Syracuse – win today and they are in. Lose and they go to the NIT.
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A few notes on my projected field:
- The team assumed to get the automatic bid for each conference is the highest team in the ratings currently eligible for the bid. In other words, it isn’t necessarily the team with the best conference record.
- There will likely be one or more bids stolen by conference tourney winners this week that wouldn’t have received an at large bid otherwise. So if a team is one of the last 4 in now, they will likely need to improve their profile to receive an at large bid on Selection Sunday.
- There is significant separation between a few of the teams ranked next to each other. Please look at the Index output linked below to see how close/far teams are from each other. A difference of 1.00 between teams ranked next to each other is average.
Full numerical output of the Regan Index based on games through 3-7-2017
The projected field as of March 8, 2017 (in order from left to right on each seed line.) Assumed automatic bids are the team from each conference that is highest in the index.
|4||Purdue||Arizona||Florida St||West Virginia|
|6||Notre Dame||Iowa St||Minnesota||Wisconsin|
|7||St Mary’s CA||Creighton||Oklahoma St||Dayton|
|8||South Carolina||Arkansas||Wichita St||Miami FL|
|9||Michigan||Virginia Tech||VCU||Wake Forest|
|11||Michigan St||Providence||Vanderbilt/Kansas St.||MTSU|
|12||USC/Rhode Island||UNC Wilmington||Nevada||UT Arlington|
|14||Winthrop||Akron||New Mexico St||FL Gulf Coast|
|15||Iona||Northern Kentucky||UC Irvine||Jacksonville St|
|16||E Washington||S Dakota St||Tx Southern/NC Central||TX A&M CC/Mt St. Mary’s|
|Last 4 BYES||Xavier||Northwestern||Michigan St||Providence|
|Last 4 IN||Vanderbilt||USC||Rhode Island||Kansas St.|
|1st 4 OUT||Illinois St.||Iowa||Syracuse||Illinois|
|2nd 4 OUT||Clemson||Georgia||Indiana||California|