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:
|3||Michigan||Michigan St||Cincinnati||Wichita St|
|4||Auburn||Gonzaga||Texas Tech||West Virginia|
|6||Arizona||Texas A&M||Houston||Miami FL|
|7||Ohio St||Seton Hall||Arkansas||Nevada|
|9||St Bonaventure||Rhode Island||Texas||UCLA|
|10||NC State||USC||Virginia Tech||Oklahoma|
|12||Baylor/ Oklahoma St.||Marquette/ Florida St.||New Mexico St||S Dakota St|
|13||Murray St||UNC Greensboro||Col Charleston||Vermont|
|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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