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Who is getting into the tournament this year?
For all of you out there curious about who will get into the dance but don't travel far off of this website for college sports info, I thought I'd do a breakdown of where we stand at this moment. Everything is still constantly moving, of course, even all the way up to selection day itself with conference tournaments factoring in. But with Tech having just one game and then the ACC tournament to go, you're probably anxiously awaiting bracket time so you can lose some money (if you're like me, that is.)
So, if you look below you can see a list of the top 52 (not sure how I picked this number) schools in the nation based on something I've called "EntryRanking." This is a statistic that has gotten 4 teams wrong in the past 3 tournaments total, so it is pretty reliable for this kind of thing (it is a simple average of Ken Pomeroy's ranking and RPI's ranking for each school.) With 33 automatic entrants from winning conference tournaments, usually the top 37 of this ranking system all get in. This doesn't add up to 68, of course, but the numbers are fluid based on the number of teams within this top 50 that win their conference tournament. Georgia Tech's EntryRanking value is 100, for reference.
|Michigan State||7.5||Big Ten|
|Ohio State||11.5||Big Ten|
|New Mexico||13.5||Mountain West|
|Colorado State||18||Mountain West|
|Oklahoma State||21.5||Big 12|
|Middle Tennesse||27.5||Sun Belt|
|Saint Mary's||27.5||West Coast|
|Kansas State||28.5||Big 12|
|San Diego State||29||Mountain West|
|Wichita State||36.5||Missouri Valley|
|Notre Dame||36.5||Big East|
|Boise State||43.5||Mountain West|
|Iowa State||44||Big 12|
|Southern Miss||52||Conference USA|
I have highlighted the crucial section of the table, where the bubble will likely appear. Let's just use this as a general discussion thread for tournament excitement or questions as well! If you want to read a far better breakdown with an actual bracket and intelligent analysis look here.