After the heartbreaking end to the Super Bowl (for most NFL fans and Patriots haters), it is now officially college basketball season. It is February, league play is hot and heavy and fans, teams, players and coaches have their eyes fixed on March Madness.
In this latest edition of bracketology, here’s a look at the field if the season were to end today.
Caution: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.
*Automatic bids in italics.
1 SEEDS: Villanova; Kansas; Baylor; Gonzaga.
2 SEEDS: Florida State; North Carolina; Virginia; Louisville.
3 SEEDS: Butler; Kentucky; Creighton; West Virginia.
4 SEEDS: Oregon; Duke; Florida; Arizona.
5 SEEDS: Wisconsin; Purdue; UCLA; South Carolina.
6 SEEDS: Cincinnati; Maryland; Notre Dame; Xavier.
7 SEEDS: St. Mary’s; SMU; Minnesota; Iowa State.
8 SEEDS: Kansas State; Northwestern; Oklahoma State; USC.
9 SEEDS: Dayton; Michigan State; Marquette; VCU.
10 SEEDS: Tennessee; Indiana; Virginia Tech; Wake Forest.
11 SEEDS: TCU; Seton Hall vs. Rhode Island; Miami vs. Wichita State; Illinois State.
12 SEEDS: Middle Tenn. State; NC Wilmington; Nevada; Akron.
13 SEEDS: New Mexico State; Texas Arlington; Monmouth; Vermont.
14 SEEDS: Valparaiso; Belmont; Princeton; Florida Gulf Coast.
15 SEEDS: UNC Asheville; Bucknell; Chattanooga; North Dakota State.
16 SEEDS: Texas Southern; Eastern Washington; UC Irvine vs. NC Central; New Orleans vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
LAST FOUR IN: Seton Hall; Miami; Wichita State; Rhode Island.
FIRST SIX OUT: Arkansas; California; Syracuse; Georgetown; Clemson; Vanderbilt.
NEXT SIX OUT: Georgia; Georgia Tech; Ohio State; Michigan; Mississippi; Houston.
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN: ACC (9); Big 12 (7); Big Ten (7); Big East (6); Pac 12 (4); SEC (4); Atlantic 10 (3); AAC (2); Missouri Valley (2); West Coast (2).
Note: Automatic bids are determined by the highest RPI team in each conference.