Michael Lazarus' Big Board

Big Board FINAL PROJECTION. Last Teams in: Louisville, Utah State, Syracuse, Drake. First Teams out: Wichita State, Colorado State, Saint Louis, Boise State. New teams in (Saturday): Oregon State, Georgetown, North Texas, Ohio, Abilene Christian, Texas Southern. Old Teams out: Wichita State, Colorado State, Western Kentucky, Buffalo, Nicholls, Prairie View A&M. Houston ended any potential drama among bubble teams Sunday afternoon. Ohio State stays at No. 6 overall win or lose to Illinois.

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1W1. WCC31-11Got a nice challenge and responded like a No. 1 overall team.

S2. BIG1228-22Not the same defensively since returning from pause.
MW3. BTEN24-73Will stay ahead of Michigan win or lose.

E4. BTEN23-54Will Livers be back? Will be a tough call so Illini move ahead.
2E5. SEC26-77Virtually certain to be the 2 in East region.

S6. BTEN21-108Not getting a 1, a week ago Buckeyes had lost 4 in a row.
W7. BTEN22-96There's a gap after No. 7.
MW8. BIG1219-821Big 12 tourney title over OSU gives Longhorns the last 2.

3W9. BIG1221-929Couldn't justify seeding over Texas.
MW10. SEC25-714Win streak finally snapped but clearly a top 10 team.
S11. AAC28-45Seeding Cougars a 2 would be a major mistake. One win away from home vs. teams in field.

E12. BIG1221-911It's been a tough week for the Jayhawks, NCAA fate uncertain.
4E13. BIG1219-1024Power of Big 12 should give Huggins a high seed.
MW14. ACC18-725Might slip behind Purdue but everyone else below has question marks.
S15. BTEN18-1022Kept it close vs. Buckeyes, certainly enough to stick as a 4.
W16. ACC18-712Cavaliers now wait and see if they can play in NCAAs.
5S17. BIGE22-926Massive loss in Big East final wasn't ideal.
W18. BIG1218-1116Still not a team or coach anyone really wants to face once tourney starts.
MW19. PAC1223-915Did not help in-state rivals (among other bubble teams).
E20. SEC18-913Gave Alabama everything it wanted, was just a bit short.
6MW21. BIGE18-717Unfortunate but haven't won since game Gillespie was hurt.
E22. PAC1225-819Well, Trojans won't face Buffs for a while at least.
S23. PAC1221-733Friday was much different than last Sunday as Beavers outshoot the Ducks.
W24. SEC19-1028SEC Final was one of the games of the year.
7S25. BIG1216-1136Did Sooners peak a month ago? Sure feels like it.
MW26. BTEN18-1327Lost a close tough one to Iowa Friday.
E27. WCC20-720Gave the Zags a great run in WCC final.
W28. MWC23-518Might be only Mountain West representative.

8E29. ACC17-934Weird route to ACC title, but a title is a title.

MW30. ACC16-841Wrong time to get hit with a Q3 loss, seed drop likely coming in next few days.
S31. ACC18-1132Couldn't get past rested Florida State.
W32. SEC16-1047Hung around with Arkansas, just came up a little bit short.
9S33. SEC15-1031Trended the wrong direction in last 2 weeks.
W34. BTEN16-1238Will be dancing for first time in a LONG time.
MW35. BIGE15-830Clear No. 3 in Big East, now a tourney lock.
E36. MVC26-510Looked very solid in Arch Madness run.

10MW37. ACC15-748Only got in five games since end of January.
E38. BTEN17-1435Can't say the Terps didn't lack energy vs. Michigan, just fizzled after first 15 minutes.
W39. A1016-523Don't see any scenario where Bonnies don't make it.

S40. PAC1222-1046There's a win over Colorado...and not much else here.
11S41. BTEN15-1370Terrible NET but have some elite wins.
MW42. A1019-737Wins over bubble teams Utah State and Saint Louis loom VERY lage.
W43. ACC13-756We said before Cardinals could be in trouble...closer to reality now.
E44. MWC20-939Will be a long overnight wait.
E45. ACC18-1040Will they hold off the mid-majors to stay in First Four?
W46. MVC26-545Final team in right now -- rooting hard for Houston.
12E47. PAC1220-1391Beavers have beaten the top 4 teams in Pac-12, NET doesn't reflect it.

W48. BIGE13-1364Best story of championship week -- Hoyas back in tourney.

MW49. CUSA18-1059Needed OT but Mean Green are back in the tourney!

S50. BSOU23-255Looked very impressive in tourney final.

13W51. BIGW22-554Finally broke through vs. UC Irvine to get first bid since 2011.

S52. MAC17-887Third rep from MAC last three days, this one will stick.

MW53. ASUN23-686Was in even with a loss, but managed to beat North Alabama.

W54. SOUTH21-984Was only top Southern Conference seed left standing.

14E55. BSKY16-8114Put Big Sky final away early.

S56. PAT14-29Now we'll see how Raiders fare outside of the Patriot League!

MW57. OVC23-8121Kenneth Faried would be proud with rout of Belmont.

W58. HORIZ19-8160Horizon champs one of rare mid-major top seeds to advance to tourney.

15MW59. WAC17-7107Bryce Drew joining his brother as tourney coaches.

W60. SUMM18-11158Didn't win any Q1 games, but wasn't totally outclassed.

S61. AEAST15-9162All the way from play-in to a 15 seed over the course of 2 days!

E62. SLAND24-574Easy win in Southland title game.

16MW63. CAA12-8135Welcome back Dragons -- it's been a while.

S64. MAAC12-6138After further review Gaels will be a 16 ... but a scary one.

E65. NEC12-11159Knocked off Bryant but likely in play-in now.

W66. SBELT17-12210Way too many Q4 losses to avoid play-in.

W67. SWAC17-9208Knocked off both league unbeatens to win SWAC bid.

E68. MEAC17-8170Got past Morgan State after NC A&T withdrew.

Conference Breakdown: America East (1), American (1), Atlantic 10 (2), Atlantic Coast (8), Atlantic Sun (1), Big 12 (7), Big East (4), Big Sky (1), Big South (1), Big Ten (9), Big West (1), Colonial (1), Conference USA (1), Horizon (1), Metro Atlantic Athletic (1), Mid-American (1), Mid-Eastern (1), Missouri Valley (2), Mountain West (2), Northeast (1), Ohio Valley (1), Pac-12 (5), Patriot League (1), Southeastern (6), Southern (1), Southland (1), Southwestern Athletic (1), Summit (1), Sun Belt (1), West Coast (2), Western Athletic (1)