CBN Staff | 5/15/13
A couple of quick notes:
– With North Carolina dropping two of three at Georgia Tech this past weekend, The Tar Heels lose their top seed with Vanderbilt re-assuming the spot. It's pretty safe to assume that the SEC and ACC champions have the top two seeds on lock. Vanderbilt captured the title last week, so they can probably get swept by Alabama (not going to happen) this weekend and go 2-and-out in the SEC tournament and still be a top two seed. For North Carolina, it gets a little more tricky with Virginia coming to Chapel Hill this weekend. The winner of that series will capture the ACC crown. Of course, there is not much difference between 1-8, but you have to tout the hype when it's there, even if it's kind of fake.
– Florida St. makes a jump this week to the number-5 seed after a big series win over North Carolina St. However, The Wolfpack are still in safe hosting territory with an RPI at 9.
– Miami was a tough pick once again this week and ended up being one of the last in, begrudgingly. The 'Canes are only 12-15 ACC play this season with their signature series win coming against Clemson (a solid team mind you, but not enough to hang your resume hat on). However, they have a strong RPI (17) and these projections are based on, for the most part, what we think the committee will do. It's also why, although Arkansas has a better conference record and head-to-head advantage over Mississippi St., the thought is the committee will simply look at MSU's RPI (10) and compare it Arkansas' (44) and give the nod to The Bulldogs. Hopefully, the selection committee delves a bit deeper, but they will always leave you guessing. To be fair, Arkansas could have done themselves a favor and not have the majority of their schedule consisting of teams with RPI in the triple digits.
And now this:
|LAST FIVE IN: Florida Gulf Coast, San Francisco, Florida Atlantic, Miami, Austin Peay St.|
FIRST FIVE OUT: William and Mary, Auburn, San Diego, UNLV, Houston
– By conference, the projected field of 64 breaks down like this (* denotes projected conference champion):
America East: Maine*
Atlantic 10: Charlotte*
ACC: North Carolina*, Virginia, Florida St., North Carolina St., Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech
Atlantic Sun: Mercer*, North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast
Big Ten: Indiana*, Ohio St.
Big 12: Kansas St.*, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Big East: Pittsburgh*, Louisville, South Florida, Seton Hall
Big South: Campbell*, Coastal Carolina
Big West: Cal St. Fullerton*, Cal Poly, UC-Irvine
C-USA: Southern Miss*, Rice
Ivy League: Columbia*
Metro Atlantic: Rider*
MEAC: Delaware St.*
Missouri Valley: Wichita St.*
Mountain West: New Mexico*
Ohio Valley: Tennessee Tech*, Austin Peay St.
Pac 12: Oregon St.*, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona St.
Patriot: Holy Cross*
SEC: Vanderbilt*, LSU, South Carolina, Mississippi St., Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama
Southern: Western Carolina*
Southland: Sam Houston St.*
SWAC: Jackson St.*
Sun Belt: South Alabama*, Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy, Florida Atlantic
West Coast: Gonzaga*
WAC: Cal St. Bakersfield*
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