Regan NCAA Tournament Index as of 3/8/2018– Games through 3/7/2018

For full numerical output of the Regan NCAA Tournament Index, click here

The projected field as of March 8, 2018 (in order from left to right on each seed line – this is not a bracket!) Assumed automatic bids are the team from each conference that is highest in the index.  Louisville and Oklahoma St. move into the current field, replacing St. Mary’s and Syracuse:

1 Virginia Villanova Xavier Duke
2 Kansas North Carolina Purdue Tennessee
3 Michigan Michigan St Cincinnati Wichita St
4 Auburn Gonzaga Texas Tech West Virginia
5 Clemson Florida TCU Kentucky
6 Arizona Texas A&M Houston Miami FL
7 Ohio St Seton Hall Arkansas Nevada
8 Missouri Loyola-Chicago Creighton Kansas St
9 St Bonaventure Rhode Island Texas UCLA
10 NC State USC Virginia Tech Oklahoma
11 Butler Louisville Providence MTSU
12 Baylor/ Oklahoma St. Marquette/ Florida St. New Mexico St S Dakota St
13 Murray St UNC Greensboro Col Charleston Vermont
14 Buffalo ULL Montana Bucknell
15 UC Davis Lipscomb Wright St SF Austin
16 Penn Iona Radford/   Prairie View Long Island /Hampton
Last 4 BYES Oklahoma Butler Louisville Providence
Last 4 IN Baylor Marquette Florida St. Oklahoma St.
1st 4 OUT St Mary’s CA Alabama Notre Dame Syracuse
2nd 4 OUT Utah Arizona St Boise St Nebraska

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 better seed in the conference tourney (for example, right now I have Stephen F. Austin ahead of Nicholls St. even though Nicholls is the #1 seed in the Southland.)
  • This is based on the selection being today, not on what is projected to occur between now and 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.

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