A final Sunday-afternoon stab at the Field of 68
Chris Lee • 3/14/2021 in Basketball
The Southeastern Conference gets six teams in the field, but where will they be seeded?
I've taken many hours to thoroughly examine the résumés of NCAA tournament-worthy candidates and compare them to one another. This list was compiled Sunday morning, before any championship games are played, with some implied guesses as to who'll win those games built in.
So with that, a list of seeds. Teams are listed within those seeds in the order I had them ranked. The NCAA says it will fill the bracket based on an s-curve, but there are also rules and restrictions that govern that and I won't bother with that this morning.
Anyway, my field:
- I'd be shocked if the NCAA picks any other four teams, though there's a fair debate as to whether Illinois should be listed ahead of Michigan.
- One of the great mysteries of the NET is how Houston managed a 5 in that ranking after losing at Tulsa (134) and ECU (180) while beating just two teams inside the top 50 (17-Texas Tech and 50-Boise State).
- Arkansas hoped to get a two earlier in the week, but even if the Razorbacks made the SEC final, it was going to be debatable given what happened in the Big 12 and American tournaments.
San Diego St.
Utah St. (extra game)
UCLA (extra game)
Drake (extra game)
Louisville (extra game)
Appalachian St. (extra game)
Norfolk St. (extra game)
Mt. St. Mary's (extra game)
Texas Southern (extra game)