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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 better conference record (for example, right now I have Northeastern ahead of College of Charleston even though CofC has the better record in the Colonial.
- 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.
Full numerical output of the Regan NCAA Index through games of 2-19-2018
The projected field as of February 20, 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.
|3||Michigan St||Texas Tech||Wichita St||Cincinnati|
|5||West Virginia||Gonzaga||Nevada||Ohio St|
|6||Texas A&M||Kentucky||Rhode Island||Arkansas|
|9||Florida St||Butler||St Mary’s CA||Providence|
|10||Baylor||Kansas St||Miami FL||Oklahoma|
|11||Virginia Tech||MTSU||NC State||St. Bonaventure /UCLA|
|12||Texas/Syracuse||Loyola-Chicago||New Mexico St||Belmont|
|13||ULL||S Dakota St||ETSU||Buffalo|
|14||Vermont||Rider||Northeastern||UC Santa Barbara|
|16||Penn||SF Austin||Wagner/UNC Asheville||Savannah St./Prairie View|
|Last 4 BYES||Miami FL||Oklahoma||Virginia Tech||NC State|
|Last 4 IN||St. Bonaventure||Texas||Syracuse||UCLA|
|1st 4 OUT||USC||Louisville||Marquette||Georgia|
|2nd 4 OUT||Utah||Washington||LSU||Temple|