16. North Carolina A&T (Play-in; 50-1): The Aggies finished in sixth place in the MEAC. Speedy departure? Yes.
16. Liberty (Play-in; 75-1): Depending on your perspective, the Flames' inclusion in March Madness is either a joke or what’s awesome about the current selection process. One and done if there’s ever been one.
15. Albany (35-1): The Great Danes pulled off an upset in the America East championship game. Albany went 7-9 against teams with an RPI under 200. Hasta la vista, Great Danes.
14. Valparaiso (25-1): Even if the Horizon League champs weren’t playing the most fierce competition all year long, the Crusaders' 10-5 road record is impressive and will help them when they square off in the NCAA tournament later in the week.
13. New Mexico State (25-1): Winning the WAC tourney title four times since 2007 is a nice accomplishment, but NMSU doesn’t have the players to get out of the first round.
12. Oregon (14-1): The Pac-12 tournament champs are one of the most balanced scoring teams in the country. The fact that the Ducks are a perfect 3-0 against Top 25 teams bodes well for them going into March Madness.
11. Middle Tennessee State (Play-in; 25-1): The Blue Raiders’ Sun Belt tourney slip-up has been pardoned, and MTSU could be a David looking for their Goliath.
11. St. Mary’s (Play-in; 20-1): The Gaels are notorious March Madness Goliath slayers. They take care of the ball, shoot threes and crash the offensive boards. Are they ready to pull off another first-round upset? Absolutely.
10. Cincinnati (15-1): The Bearcats limp into March Madness losing four of their last seven games. Not good.
9. Missouri (10-1): If everything finally gels for the Tigers, Mizzou has more than enough weapons to do work in this year’s tourney.
8. Colorado State (12-1): The Rams' strength on the boards (40.4 RPG; No. 5 in the nation) could help CSU pull off a first-round upset.
7. Creighton (9-1): The Bluejays’ insane shooting accuracy (50.8 percent; No. 1 in the nation) will help them advance to the middle rounds of March Madness.
6. Memphis (10-1): The Tigers’ 66.6 free-throw percentage (No. 262 in the country) spells trouble in more ways than one.
5. Oklahoma State (8-1): The Cowboys are at their best when they are creating turnovers, running the court and getting to the line. National freshman Player of the Year candidate Marcus Smart is the perfect point guard for OSU’s attack.
4. Saint Louis (7-1): Any squad that beats Brad Stevens’ team three times in one season has my instant respect.
3. Michigan State (5-1): Because Spartans head coach Tom Izzo coaches the heck out of every minute of every game, don’t be surprised if MSU knocks on the Final Four door again.
2. Duke (5-1): The Blue Devils’ senior leadership (Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly), along with their dynamic offensive attack, could translate into Coach K’s 12th Final Four appearance.
1. Louisville (3-1): The Big East tournament champs may be playing as well as any team in the country. Final Four? Promising. National champion? Could be.