Thursday, January 2, 2014

College Basketball 2013-14 - Field of 68 (January 2, 2014 Edition)

We head into the beginnings of conference play with a decent idea of how good teams are, but there are still going to be surprises and disappointments.  The teams included in the Field of 68 below are for the most part (in the case of at-large berths) who would be in today based on what has happened.  I am still taking into account some reasonable projections as to how the conference races might shake out in determining the seeding.  For example, I still believe Michigan State will win the Big 10, therefore, they are taking the last #1 spot and Wisconsin is at a #2 despite a better non-conference showing.  I think Kansas will at least finish top 2 in the Big 12, so they currently are seeded at or higher than undefeated Iowa State and Baylor.  I am not as keen on a team such as Louisville, who might win the AAC, but it is tough to see the overall resume being worthy of a really high seed after what they did in the non-conference.

The 1's - Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State and Michigan State
The 2's - Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Florida
The 3's - Wichita State, Kansas, Villanova and Iowa State
The 4's - Baylor, Louisville, Duke, and Memphis
The 5's - North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado and Iowa
The 6's - Gonzaga, Massachusetts, Missouri and Connecticut
The 7's - San Diego State, Creighton, Illinois and Florida State
The 8's - Harvard, New Mexico, LSU and UCLA
The 9's - Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Texas and Xavier
The 10's - VCU, Cincinnati, Georgetown and St. Louis
The 11's - Arkansas, Boise State, Dayton and Stanford
The 12's - St. Mary's, George Washington, Tennessee, Kansas State, Toledo and Southern Miss
The 13's - UCSB, North Dakota State, New Mexico State and Manhattan
The 14's - Belmont, UWGB, Louisiana-Lafayette and Drexel
The 15's - Florida Gulf Coast, Stephen F Austin, Boston U. and St. Francis (NY)
The 16's - Radford (1st Rd), NC Central, Texas Southern (1st Rd), Stony Brook (1st Rd), Northern Colorado and Elon (1st Rd)

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