Breaking Down the Bubble

In our world of give and take, March is upon us. No, the Rocky Mountain Region hasn't yet seen the biggest snowstorm it will endure this winter, and the weather's not quite golf-able in this time of transition but, even as we're all staggering to recover from six months of seasonal credit card debt, there is solace in the fact that we can make sense of the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Here's an early peek into what the field of 64 might look like when it's released later this month.

Compiled as if Selection Sunday was Feb. 29. Teams are not matched to locations.

East Region

1. Saint Joseph's (26-0 – RPI: 2) **Automatic Bid**
2. Pittsburgh (25-3 – RPI: 9) **Automatic Bid**
3. Georgia Tech (20-8 – RPI: 22)
4. Kansas (17-7 – RPI: 20)
5. Arizona (18-8 – RPI: 33)
6. Colorado (17-8 – RPI: 52)
7. Wake Forest (19-6 – RPI: 7)
8. Utah (20-7 – RPI: 43)
9. Louisville (18-7 – RPI: 16)
10. LSU (17-8 –RPI: 28)
11. Vanderbilt (18-7 – RPI: 29)
12. Manhattan (22-5 – RPI: 53) **Automatic Bid**
13. Utah State (24-2 – RPI: 41) **Automatic Bid**
14. Mississippi Valley State (23-2 – RPI: 23) **Automatic Bid**
15. Austin Peay (20-5 – RPI: 38) **Automatic Bid**
16. Lehigh (19-8 – RPI: 33) **Automatic Bid**

Midwest Region

1. Oklahoma State (22-3 – RPI: 14) **Automatic Bid**
2. Connecticut (23-5 – RPI: 11)
3. Mississippi State (23-3 – RPI: 3) **Automatic Bid**
4. Wisconsin (19-6 – RPI: 27)
5. Boston College (19-8 – RPI: 24)
6. North Carolina State (18-7 – RPI: 10)
7. Memphis (20-5 – RPI: 24)
8. Southern Illinois (24-2 – RPI: 13)**Automatic Bid**
9. BYU (18-7 – RPI: 34)
10. Missouri (15-10 – RPI: 32)
11. East Tennessee State (24-5 – RPI: 35) **Automatic Bid**
12. Florida State (18-11 – RPI: 46)
13. Virginia Commonwealth (20-7 – RPI: 38) **Automatic Bid**
14. Kent State (20-5 – RPI: 65) **Automatic Bid**
15. Old Dominion (16-11 – RPI: 64)
16. Princeton (17-7 : RPI 72) **Automatic Bid**

South Region

1. Duke (23-3 – RPI: 1) **Automatic Bid**
2. Illinois (20-5 – RPI: 26)
3. Texas (21-4 – RPI: 6)
4. Florida (17-8 – RPI: 15)
5. Air Force (20-5 – RPI: 58) **Automatic Bid**
6. Texas Tech (19-9 – RPI: 35)
7. South Carolina (21-7 – RPI: 39)
8. Providence (20-5 – RPI: 8)
9. UTEP (22-5 – RPI: 48) **Automatic Bid**
10. Cincinnati (20-5 – RPI: 18) **Automatic Bid**
11. Dayton (21-6 – RPI: 41)
12. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (18-9 – RPI: 73) **Automatic Bid**
13. UAB (17-8 – RPI: 31) **Automatic Bid**
14. Monmouth (NJ) (18-11 – RPI: 71) **Automatic Bid**
15. Louisiana-Lafayette (17-8 –RPI: 64) **Automatic Bid**
16. Lipscomb or Coppin State

West Region

1. Kentucky (21-4 – RPI: 4)
2. Stanford (25-0 – RPI: 5) **Automatic Bid**
3. Syracuse (19-6 – RPI: 25)
4. Gonzaga (25-2 – RPI: 12) **Automatic Bid**
5. Michigan State (17-9 – RPI: 36) **Automatic Bid**
6. Troy State (21-5 – RPI: 36) **Automatic Bid**
7. North Carolina (17-8 – RPI: 17)
8. Charlotte (18-7 – RPI: 30)
9. Alabama (15-10 –RPI: 21)
10. DePaul (17-8 – RPI: 48)
11. Seton Hall (19-7 – RPI: 19)
12. Nevada (18-8 – RPI: 43)
13. Boston U (23-4 – RPI: 85) **Automatic Bid**
14. Eastern Washington (15-12 – RPI: 56) **Automatic Bid**
15. Richmond (17-11 – RPI: 45)
16. Valparaiso (14-12 –RPI: 92) **Automatic Bid**

Bids by Conference

SEC (7): Mississippi State, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama.

ACC (6): Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State.

Big East (6): Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Boston College.

Big 12 (6): Oklahoma State, Texas, Kansas, Texas Tech, Missouri, Colorado.

Conference USA (6): Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Charlotte, UAB, DePaul.

Atlantic 10 (3): St. Joe's, Dayton, Richmond.

Big Ten (3): Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State.

Mountain West (3): BYU, Air Force, Utah.

Pac-10 (2): Stanford, Arizona.

WAC (2): Nevada, UTEP.

One-bid conferences (22).

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