The big day is here, Selection Sunday, or Christmas in March to those fortunate to make the cut.
Let’s take a look at my latest (as of games through Saturday, March 16, 2013) prediction of the 2013 NCAA Tournament field and seeding. There will be one last update prior to tonight’s selection show.
*Automatic bids in italics
1 SEEDS: Louisville; Indiana; Kansas; Duke.
2 SEEDS: Gonzaga; Miami, Fl; Georgetown; New Mexico.
3 SEEDS: Ohio State; Michigan State; Florida; Michigan.
4 SEEDS: Syracuse; Wisconsin; Saint Louis; Kansas State.
5 SEEDS: Marquette; Arizona; Oklahoma State; Pittsburgh.
6 SEEDS: VCU; Butler; UNLV; Memphis.
7 SEEDS: San Diego State; Notre Dame; Colorado State; North Carolina.
8 SEEDS: UCLA; Creighton; Missouri; NC State.
9 SEEDS: Illinois; Oregon; Minnesota; Villanova.
10 SEEDS: Oklahoma; Cincinnati; St. Mary’s; Boise State.
11 SEEDS: Wichita State; Iowa State; Colorado; Belmont.
12 SEEDS: Temple; Mississippi vs. California; Tennessee vs Middle Tennessee; Akron.
13 SEEDS: Bucknell; Davidson; Valparaiso; New Mexico State.
14 SEEDS: South Dakota State; Harvard; Montana; Northwestern State.
15 SEEDS: Florida GC; Iona; Pacific; Albany.
16 SEEDS: Western Kentucky; Long Island U.; Southern vs. Liberty; James Madison vs. North Carolina A&T.
LAST FOUR IN: Mississippi; Tennessee; Middle Tennessee; California.
LAST FOUR OUT: La Salle; Kentucky; Southern Miss; Maryland.
NEXT FOUR OUT: Baylor; Iowa; Massachusetts; Virginia.
AT-LARGES DROPPED OUT: Kentucky.
AT-LARGE NEW ENTRIES: Mississippi.
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN: Big East (8); Big Ten (7); ACC (4); Big 12 (5); MWC (5); Pac-12 (5); A-10 (4); SEC (4); MVC (2); WCC (2); Sun Belt (2).
Jamal Murphy has been making tournament predictions since 2010. He will be updating his predictions frequently until the Committee’s selection on Sunday, March 17th.
Note: Conference leaders are determined by the team with the fewest conference losses, with ties broken by the higher RPI ranking. Or the highest remaining seed in the conference tournament.
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