The Field of 65 (Updated March 3)

Selection Sunday is only two weeks away and a lot of teams, cough cough Syracuse, have done a lot to hurt themselves instead of help themselves. Here is my Field of 65.JJ’s field is under his brainwork.



ONE seeds

memphis.gif – loss might help them. 6-1 vs. RPI top 50.
unc.gif – Six game win streak. Big game on Saturday at Duke
tennessee.gif– Beat Memphis on road. #1 in RPI and #2 in SOS
texas.gif – No team can say they have wins over Tennessee, Kansas and UCLA

TWO seeds

duke.gif – Five wins vs. RPI top 25.
ucla.gif – loss against Washington hurts this team
kansas.gif – Good win against KSU, but soft SOS (81)
louisville.gif– Playing the best ball in the Big East.

THREE seeds

xavier.gif – 7-1 against top 50. RPI 6 SOS 23
georgetown.gif – Keep winning close games
wisconsin.gif – Purdue only team to ruin conference slate
connecticut_logo_2003.gif – 5 wins against top 25. Get Dyson back

FOUR seeds

stanford.gif – SOS (113) keeping them from being a 3 seed.
purdue.gif– 11-1 in last 12 games. Need to close out season with wins at Ohio State and Michigan to stay here
indiana.gif – In my mind, still the team in the Big Ten that is most capable of making a deep run in the tourney
vandy.gif – Even though they fell at Arkansas, still got win over Tennessee

FIVE seeds

notre-dame.gif – Too bad NCAA tourney isn’t in Joyce Center. Just 5-6 record in road and neutral court games.
michigan-state.gif– Two losses to Iowa and Penn State really hurt. Only 6-6 in road and neutral court games.
drake.gif – Love the win at Butler
marquette.gif – Good CPU numbers (RPI 18 SOS 15), but 7 losses to teams inside RPI 50 is troubling

SIX seeds



wash-state-u.gif– Only 6-6 in last 12 games
gonzaga.gifGreat win over Saint Mary’s on Saturday
clemson.gif – No marquee win, good win at Maryland Sunday
butler.gifDon’t like the SOS (164), but you gotta give this team credit

SEVEN seeds

pitt.gifStole a needed game against Syracuse. Big game at West Virginia Monday
byu.gif – Louisville win looking better and better and Steve Young went there
usc.gif – Couldn’t close out a sweep of the state of Arizona, but one is more than enough to help
arizona.gifBlew a chance against UCLA on Sunday, but still have best SOS

EIGHT seeds

oklahoma.gif Blew the Aggies out of Norman, but loss of freshman Blake Griffin is critical
saint-marys.gif – Weak SOS (132). Only good win against Gonzaga
miami.gifWhat have you done for me lately? Beat Duke. Coming on strong. Winning last two games in conference (BC, @ FSU) will help
kansas-state.gif – Looked horrible against Kansas. Really struggling as of late (lost last four)

NINE seeds

terps-logo.jpg– Played a tough schedule (SOS 19) and have win at UNC
baylor.gif– Streaky team. Won last three, lost previous four
west-virginia.gif – This team could very well get to 11 wins in the Big East
unlv.gif – Strong RPI (26) and experienced

TEN seeds


arkansas.gifWin over Vandy oveshadows the fact that this has lost 4 of its last 6
south-bama.gif– Beat Mississippi State. Won’t put them any higher because they play nobody.
msu.gifNot that impressed. Best win over in-state rival Mississippi and mediocre Florida team. Will find out more about this team on Wednesday @ Vandy
aggies.gif – Could this team really get in the tournament if they lose its next two (@Baylor, Kansas) and finish 7-9 in conference?

ELEVEN seeds


kent-state.gif – 7-3 against RPI Top 100 isn’t bad, but can’t be losing to Bowling Green
arizona-state.gif4-3 vs. RPI top 25. Strong win over USC
mass.gif – Coming on strong (won last 4) and soft last two games (La Sall, @ George Washington)
davidson.gif – Must be rewarded for playing tough teams

TWELVE seeds

uab.gif – Loss to Memphis almost looks like a win
illinois-state.gif– Strong RPI (34) and despite losing to Drake twice, this team has beaten down on teams in tough Missouri Valley conference including sweeps of Creighton and Southern Illinois

new-mexico.gif – Almost ended BYU’s longest home win streak. Lost by one in overtime.

southern-illinois.gif – challenged themselves too much with out of conference schedule (SOS 9), but really coming on despite loss against Illinois State (won previous 5 including win over Drake)

FINAL At-Large Spot
virginia-tech.gif (13 seed)- Won last three and have sweep of Maryland
13-16 seeds – Auto Bids

Last Four Out

Saint Joseph’s – Lost 5 of last 7 since beating city-rival Villanova. Have chances though in last two with Xavier at home and at Dayton
Syracuse – damaging loss to Pittsburgh at home

Florida – Horrible SOS (111) and another team that suffered a damaging loss over the weekend (Mississippi State at home)

Kentucky – pulling one out over Tennessee would have really helped


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