A couple more locks, Miami and Michigan, were added to the total since yesterday.  That brings the total number of at-large locks to a maximum of 31 and a minimum of 24.  As potential auto-bid stealers from the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC fall in the next couple days, that number will become clearer.

A minor change on the 4-5 lines, as Florida and Purdue swapped spots.  This was a ripple effect from Nebraska’s loss to Penn State in the B1G Opening Round game, which dropped the Huskers out of the RPI Top 100.  Purdue lost to Nebraska during the regular season.

1 Kansas (Big 12) Villanova (BigEast) Gonzaga (WCC) UCLA
2 Kentucky (SEC) North Carolina (ACC) Oregon (Pac 12) Baylor
3 Butler Arizona Louisville Duke
4 Virginia Florida West Virginia Florida State
5 Cincinnati Purdue (B1G) Notre Dame Maryland
6 Wisconsin SMU Minnesota Creighton
7 Virginia Tech Iowa State St Mary’s South Carolina
8 Seton Hall Miami FL Northwestern Marquette
9 Michigan Oklahoma State Arkansas Dayton
10 Wichita State (MVC) Wake Forest Vanderbilt USC
11 Middle Tenn (CUSA)   Xavier / Mich St UNC-Wilmington (CAA) VCU / Kansas St
12 Vermont (AEast) Houston (AAC) Nevada (MWC) Rhode Island (A10)
13 E Tenn St (SoCon) Winthrop (BigSouth) UT-Arlington (SUN) Princeton (IVY)
14 Akron (MAC) Cal St Bakersfield (WAC) Bucknell (PAT) FGCU (A-Sun)
15 Iona (MAAC) Northern Kentucky (HOR) EWU (Big Sky) Texas Southern (SWAC)
16 New Orleans (SLAND) / South Dakota State (SUM) Mt St Mary’s (NEC) / Jacksonville State (OVC) UC Irvine (BigWest) NC Central (MEAC)

First Four OUT:  Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Providence

Bucknell was the only automatic bid earned on Wednesday, which brings the total number of secured spots in the field to 45.


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