March Madness, 65 Teams Whos In? Whos Out? Detailed Breakdown

Sterling EbyAnalyst IMarch 7, 2010

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When it comes to the tournament there are some teams that are locks, some are uncertain, and others are REALLY uncertain. I'm gonna single handedly break it down for you and show you who should be in and who should be out. All of which is debatable.


ACC: Clemson Duke Maryland
Atlantic Sun: East Tennessee State
Atlantic Ten: Richmond Temple Xavier
Big East: Georgetown Marquette Pittsburgh Syracuse Villanova West Virginia
Big South: Winthrop
Big 10: Purdue Michigan State Ohio State Wisconsin
Big 12: Baylor Kansas Kansas State Missouri Texas Texas A&M
Horizon: Butler
Ivy: Cornell
Mountain West: BYU New Mexico
Ohio Valley: Murray State
SEC: Kentucky Tennessee Vanderbilt
West Coast: Gonzaga


American East: Stony Brook
Big Sky: Weber State
Big West: UC Santa Barbara
CAAC: Old Dominion
MAAC: Siena
MAC: Kent State or Akron (your toss-up)
MEAC: Morgan State
MVC: Northern Iowa
Northeast: Quinnipiac
Pac-10: California
Patriot: Lehigh
SOCON: Wofford
Southland: Sam Houston State
SWAC: Jackson State
Summit: Oakland
Sunbelt: North Texas
WAC: Utah State

With that being said, there are 50 teams already locked in. Here is a breakdown of what should be the rest of the order.


51 Oklahoma State (21-9) Big-12 (9-7)
Oklahoma State has key wins against Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, and Baylor. RPI:27 SOS:19

52 Florida State (22-8) ACC (10-6)
Florida State has key wins against Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Marquette and Virginia Tech. seven wins in the RPI top 100. RPI:36 SOS: 42

53 Wake Forest (18-9) ACC (8-7)
Wake Forest has key wins against Xavier, Maryland, Richmond, Georgia Tech, and Gonzaga. RPI:34 SOS:32

54 UNLV (22-7) Mountain West (11-5)
UNLV has key wins against New Mexico, BYU, Louisville, and San Diego State. RPI:44 SOS:90

55 Louisville (20-11) Big East (11-7)
Louisville has key wins against Syracuse, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and South Florida. RPI:37 SOS:7



56 Rhode Island (21-8) Atlantic Ten (9-7)
Rhode Island has key wins against Oklahoma State, Dayton, and Charlotte. RPI:30 SOS: 63

57 Georgia Tech (18-11) ACC (7-9)
Georgia Tech has key wins against Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Siena, and Charlotte. RPI:35 SOS:21

58 Florida (20-10) SEC (9-6)
Florida has key wins against Tennessee, Michigan State, Florida State, Mississippi, Mississippi State. RPI:52 SOS:36

59 Mississippi (21-9) SEC (9-7)
Mississippi has key wins against Kansas State and UTEP. RPI:57 SOS: 69

60 Dayton (19-11) Atlantic Ten (8-8)
Dayton has key wins against Xavier, Georgia Tech, Old Dominion and Charlotte. RPI:42 SOS:34




61 Notre Dame (21-10) Big East (10-8)
Notre Dame has key wins against Georgetown, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Marquette, and South Florida. RPI:65 SOS:55

62 St. Mary's (23-5) WCC (11-3)
St. Mary's has key wins against Utah State and San Diego State. RPI:45 SOS:143

63 San Diego State (20-8) Mountain West (11-5)
San Diego State has key wins against New Mexico and UNLV. RPI:31 SOS:58

64 Virginia Tech (23-7) ACC (10-6)
Virginia Tech has key wins against Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Seton Hall. RPI:55 SOS:132

65 Connecticut (17-14) Big East (7-11)
Connecticut has key wins against Villanova, West Virginia, Texas, Notre Dame, and Seton Hall. RPI:49 SOS:2



66 Charlotte (19-11) Atlantic Ten (9-7)
Charlotte has key wins against Temple, Richmond, and Louisville. RPI:60 SOS:92

67 Illinois (18-12) Big Ten (10-7)
Illinois has key wins against Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Clemson. RPI:71 SOS:47

68 Washington (21-9) Pac Ten (11-7)
Washington has key wins against Texas A&M, California, and Arizona State. RPI:53 SOS:60

69 UAB (23-7) C-USA (11-5)
UAB has key wins against Butler and Cincinnati. RPI:41 SOS:101

70 Seton Hall (18-11) Big East (9-9)
Seton Hall has key wins against Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, Cornell, and Notre Dame. RPI:56 SOS:25


71 Memphis (22-8) C-USA (12-3)
Memphis has key wins against UAB. RPI:50 SOS:85

72 Wichita State (25-8) MVC (12-6)
Wichita State has key wins against Northern Iowa and Texas Tech. RPI:51 SOS:121

73 South Florida (18-11) Big East (9-9)
South Florida has key wins against Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Cincinnati. RPI:67 SOS:50

74 Arizona State (21-9) Pac-10 (12-6)
Arizona State has key wins against San Diego State and Washington. RPI:55 SOS:69

75 Cincinnati (16-14) Big East (7-11)
Cincinnati has key wins against Vanderbilt, Maryland, Connecticut, and Notre Dame. RPI: 63 SOS:12


Teams Currently At-Large Leading Conferences Who Can Still Place Bid With Loss in Conference Tournament:

California (21-9) (13-5) (First Five In, either 59 or 60)
California has key wins against Washington and Arizona State. RPI:22 SOS:9

Kent State (23-8) (12-3) (Lots of work to do, either 76 or lower)
Kent State has a key win against UAB. RPI:42 SOS:88

Northern Iowa (27-4) (16-3) (100% Safe, either 53 or 54)
Northern Iowa has key wins against Siena, Old Dominion, and Wichita State. RPI:21 SOS:108

Old Dominion (24-8) (16-3) (First Five Out, either 66 or 67)
Old Dominion has key wins against Georgetown and Charlotte. RPI: 39 SOS:91

Siena (25-6) (17-1) (First Five Out, 69 or 70)
Siena has no key wins. RPI:40 SOS:137

UTEP (24-5) (15-1) (First Five in 58 or 59)
UTEP has key wins against UAB, Memphis, New Mexico State. RPI:43 SOS:131
Utah State (24-6) (14-2) (First Five In, either 57 or 58)
Utah State has key wins against BYU and Wichita State. RPI:33 SOS:105