Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bids to the NCAA Tournament

I listed some of the top teams from each small conference. These are all the teams that I could realistically see winning their respective conference tournaments and representing their leagues in the NCAA field of 65. My picks are in bold.

AMERICA EAST - Albany or Vermont
ATLANTIC SUN - East Tennessee State, Belmont, or Lipscomb
BIG SKY - Weber State, Montana, or Northern Arizona
BIG WEST - CS Fullerton, Long Beach State, or UCSB
IVY LEAGUE - Penn, Cornell
MAAC - Marist, Manhattan, Loyola MD, Siena
MID-CON - Oral Roberts, Oakland
MEAC - Delaware State
NORTHEAST - Central Connecticut, Sacred Heart
OVC - Samford, Austin Peay
PATRIOT - Holy Cross, Bucknell
SOUTHERN - College of Charleston, Davidson, Appalachian State
SOUTHLAND - Northwestern State, Texas A&M CC, Sam Houston State
SWAC- Jackson State, Grambling, Texas Southern
Sun Belt- South Alabama, Western Kentucky, Middle Tenn State

Possibly More than 1 Bid - meaning that these conferences may have an at-large bid if their best team doesn't win their conference tournament for an automatic bid

Atlantic 10 - Xavier (at large), George Washington, UMASS
Big South - Winthrop (at large), High Point
Colonial - Virginia Commonwealth, Hofstra, Drexel, George Mason, Old Dominion
Conference USA - Memphis (at large), Southern Miss, Houston, Rice
Horizon League - Butler (at large), Wright State, Loyola Chi, Wisconsin-GB
MAC - Akron (at large), Ohio, Toledo, Kent State
WCC - Gonzaga (at large), Santa Clara, San Francisco, St Mary's
WAC - Nevada (at large), New Mexico State, Fresno State, Boise State

Multiple Bid Leagues - These leagues will definitely have more than one team in the tournament. I've listed all the hopeful candidates, with my picks to be part of the field of 65 in bold.

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Maryland,Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech

Big East - Pittsburgh, Marquette, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, West Virginia, UCONN, Providence, Villanova, DePaul, St. John's

Big 10 - Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Iowa

Big 12 - Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

Missouri Valley - Southern Illinois, Creighton, Missouri State, Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Bradley, Evansville

Mountain West - Air Force, UNLV, BYU, San Diego State, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado State

Pac-10 - UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, USC, Washington State, Washington, Stanford, California

SEC - Florida, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia

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