- North Carolina
I’m honestly shocked that so few people consider UNC to be a 1 seed at the moment. Name a better collection of quality wins on the planet, I dare you.
- Michigan State*
After securing the Big Ten regular season title this week, Michigan State is a safe 2 seed. The Spartans aren’t yet in serious consideration for the top line, but winning the Big Ten tournament would change that in a hurry.
- Texas Tech
It’s difficult to lose three consecutive games and avoid dropping at least one seed line, but Texas Tech does just that due to a lack of better options above anything else.
- Wichita State*
- Ohio State
Plenty of movement on the 4 line in this week’s projections, as Clemson drops back a seed and Ohio State moves up a seed to replace Arizona and West Virginia.
- Rhode Island*
- West Virginia
Don’t look now, but Kentucky is getting hot, and at the perfect time. The Wildcats, who have picked up 3 straight wins, move up a seed from last week’s projections.
- Texas A&M
Michigan has been playing great basketball as of late, but their resume is lacking. Luckily for the Wolverines, this week’s Big Ten Tournament provides plenty of opportunities to fix that right up.
- Seton Hall
TCU has not fared well against the top half of the Big 12 this season, which will hurt them come Selection Sunday.
- NC State
NC State, who has four wins over teams in my Top 17 overall seeds, moves off the bubble after dominating Florida State Sunday night.
- Florida State
- Arizona State
- Virginia Tech
Arizona State has lost three in a row, but I’m not quite ready to hit the panic button. A poor showing over their final two regular season games (Stanford, Cal) would change my mind, however.
- Saint Mary’s
Miami moves from my Last Four In to my Last Four Byes thanks to losses from Providence and Baylor.
- Middle Tennessee State*
- Kansas State
- Southern California/Baylor
USC makes a long-anticipated return to my projected field. The Trojans remain badly in need of a signature win, though.
- UCLA/St. Bonaventure
- New Mexico State*
UCLA is hanging on by a thread after an untimely loss to Colorado last night.
- Murray State*
- South Dakota State*
Murray State finds themselves in contention for a 12 seed after an 11-game winning streak.
Welcome to the bracket, Sparty. After winning 8 of their last 9 games, UNC-Greensboro claimed the SoCon regular season title this weekend.
- Northern Kentucky*
Northern Kentucky and UC-Irvine are new additions to the projected bracket after locking up their respective conference titles this week.
- Florida Gulf Coast*
- Nicholls*/Arkansas Pine-Bluff*
Arkansas Pine-Bluff did not win a single out-of-conference game this season, yet here they are. Isn’t college basketball fun?