Another week and another bubble watch. Baylor and Oklahoma State barely get in thanks to the strength of their conference. Richmond is the first team on the outside looking in because we don’t think the A-10 is going to get enough love for three bids in the Tournament. At the most outer edges of the bubble, Miami and UCF are hanging to their Tournament hopes by a thread. Don’t be surprised if neither is near the bubble by next week.
Projected Auto Bids (31): Ohio State (Big 10), Florida (SEC), Oakland (Summit), Fairfield (MAAC), Long Island (NEC), Duke (ACC), Saint Mary’s (WCC), Virginia Commonwealth (CAA), Belmont (A-Sun), Missouri State (MVC), Brigham Young (MWC), Bucknell (Patriot), Utah State (WAC), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Lamar (Southfield), Texas Southern (SWAC), Hampton (MEAC), Tennessee State (OVC), Long Beach State (Big West), Memphis (C-USA), Washington, (Pac-10), Valparaiso (Horizon), Xavier (A-10), Charleston (Southern), Northern Colorado (Big Sky), Pittsburgh (Big East), Maine (America East), Harvard (IVY), Ball State (MAC), Texas (Big 12), Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
Projected At-Large Bids (32): Temple (A-10), Kansas State (Big 12), Notre Dame (Big East), Minnesota (Big Ten), Butler (Horizon), Texas A&M (Big 12), North Carolina (ACC), Marquette (Big East), Connecticut (Big East), Tennessee (SEC), West Virginia (Big East), Missouri (Big 12), Michigan State (Big 10), Arizona (Pac-10), Villanova (Big East), Kansas (Big 12), Cincinnati (Big East), Georgia (SEC), Wisconsin (Big Ten), Vanderbilt (SEC), Syracuse (Big East), Florida State (ACC), San Diego State (MWC), UNLV (MWC), Boston College (Big East), Illinois (Big Ten), Kentucky (Big 12), Louisville (Big East), Virginia Tech (ACC), Purdue (Big Ten), Georgetown (Big East), Gonzaga (WCC)
Note: This year’s NCAA Tournament includes 68 teams, meaning No. 69 is our first team out