For full numerical output of the Regan NCAA Tournament Index, click here.
The projected field as of March 9, 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. It’s very close for the last few spots, unlike 2017 when there was a gap after the last at large team, and it was much clearer who should be in.
|4||Wichita St||Texas Tech||Gonzaga||West Virginia|
|6||Houston||TCU||Ohio St||Texas A&M|
|7||Arkansas||Nevada||Miami FL||Kansas St|
|8||Seton Hall||Loyola-Chicago||St Bonaventure||Butler|
|10||Missouri||Creighton||NC State||Virginia Tech|
|11||Oklahoma||Texas||Alabama||Louisville/ St. Mary’s|
|12||Florida St./ Marquette||S Dakota St||New Mexico St||WKU|
|13||Murray St||UNC Greensboro||Col Charleston||Buffalo|
|15||UC Santa Barbara||Lipscomb||SF Austin||Wright St|
|16||Penn||Iona||Radford/ Prairie View||Long Island/ Hampton|
|Last 4 BYES||Virginia Tech||Oklahoma||Texas||Alabama|
|Last 4 IN||Louisville||St. Mary’s||Florida St.||Marquette|
|1st 4 OUT||Baylor||MTSU||Syracuse||Oklahoma St|
|2nd 4 OUT||Notre Dame||Arizona St||Georgia||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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