By: CBN | 5/26/12
There are only a couple of days left until the NCAA announces the field of 64 and the madness of trying to project who's in and who's out will come to an end. The real fun will begin the following Friday when the regionals start. With the conference tournaments at the midpoint, we have put together a new batch of rankings based on who we think will win the automatic bids at this point, in addition to the six teams that have already secured a spot.
Here it is:
|LAST FIVE IN: SE Louisiana, Samford, Louisville, Missouri St., Ole Miss|
FIRST FIVE OUT: Liberty, Texas, College of Charleston, Auburn, Gonzaga
– By conference, the projected field of 64 breaks down like this (* denotes projected conference tournament champion):
America East: Stony Brook*
Atlantic 10: Dayton*
ACC: Georgia Tech*, Florida St., North Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina St., Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson
Atlantic Sun: Belmont*
Big 12: Baylor*, Texas A&M, Oklahoma
Big East: St. John's*, Louisville
Big South: Coastal Carolina*
Big Ten: Purdue*
Big West: Cal St. Fullerton*
C-USA: Memphis*, Rice, Central Florida, East Carolina
Independent: Dallas Baptist
MAC: Kent St.*
Missouri Valley: Southern Illinois*, Indiana St., Missouri St.
Mountain West: New Mexico*, TCU
Northeast: Sacred Heart*
Ohio Valley: Eastern Illinois*
PAC 12: Oregon*, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon St.
SEC: Kentucky*, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi St., Arkansas, Vanderbilt
SoCon: Elon*, Appalachian St., Samford
Southland: UT-Arlington*, SE Louisiana, Sam Houston St.
SWAC: Prairie View A&M*
Summit: Oral Roberts*
Sun Belt: UL-Monroe*
West Coast: San Diego*, Pepperdine
WAC: Sacramento St.*, New Mexico St.
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