PSN College Basketball Tournament Bid Report

Our final report features a bid stealer in Rhode Island as they capture the Atlantic 10 Championship and the automatic bid that results in a last day drop from the field for one unlucky program.

By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer

Here is a breakdown of each conference (in order of their respective RPI rank) with predictions on the teams we believe will make the ‘Field of 68’ in the D1 College Basketball Tournament.

Projected auto & at-large bids = 45

1 ACC = 10 bids

-Locks (9): Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

-On the bubble/in (1): Syracuse.

-On the bubble/out (0): None.

-Near the bubble/out (1): Georgia Tech.

2 Big 12 = 5 bids

-Locks (5): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (1): Kansas State.

-Near the bubble/out (1): TCU.

3 Big East = 7 bids

-Locks (7): Butler, Creighton, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (0): None.

-Near the bubble/out (0): None.

4 Big 10 = 7 bids

-Locks (7): Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (2): Indiana and Iowa.

-Near the bubble/out (0): None.

5 SEC = 5 bids

-Locks (5): Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (1): Georgia.

-Near the bubble/out (1): Alabama.

6 Pac 12 = 4 bids

-Locks (3): Arizona, Oregon and UCLA.

-On the bubble/in (1): USC.

-On the bubble/out (1): California.

-Near the bubble/out (1): Utah.

7 AAC = 2 bids

-Locks (2): Cincinnati and SMU.

-On the bubble/in (0): None

-On the bubble/out (0): None.

-Near the bubble/out (1): Houston.

8 Atlantic 10 = 3 bids

-Auto (1): Rhode Island.

-Locks (2): Dayton and VCU.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (0): None.

-Near the bubble/out (0): None.

9 West Coast = 2 bids

-Locks (2): Gonzaga and St. Mary’s.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (0): None.

-Near the bubble/out (0): None.

12 Missouri Valley = 0 at-large bids

-Auto (1): Wichita State.

-Locks (0): None.

-On the bubble/in (0): None.

-On the bubble/out (1): Illinois State.

-Near the bubble/out (0): None.

-Last two teams that earned an at-large bid…

68 USC

67 Syracuse

-Last three teams that failed to receive an at-large bid…

69 Kansas State

70 Illinois State

71 California

Projected one-bid/auto-only leagues = 23

10 Mountain West (Nevada)

11 Colonial (UNC Wilmington)

12 Missouri Valley (Wichita State)

13 Sun Belt (Troy)

14 MAC (Kent State)

15 Southern (E Tennessee St)

16 MAAC (Iona)

17 Horizon (N Kentucky)

18 Summit (South Dakota State)

19 WAC (New Mexico State)

20 Ivy League (Princeton)

21 America East (Vermont)

22 Patriot (Bucknell)

23 C-USA (Middle Tennessee)

24 Ohio Valley (Jacksonville State)

25 Big South (Winthrop)

26 Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast)

27 Southland (New Orleans)

28 Big Sky (North Dakota)

29 Big West (UC Davis)

30 Northeast (Mount St Mary’s)

31 SWAC (Texas Southern)

32 Mid-Eastern Athletic (North Carolina Central)

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