Early Bubble talk

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Early Bubble talk

We are one month into the new men’s college basketball season and a lot has happened already. Officially the NET ranking that is used as the main sorting tool for the selection committee has not been released yet. Even when it is released it will be way too early to really make any solid bracket predictions. Today, we will go over the ten main conferences that may get multiple bids and share who is on the bubble at this time. We have considered game results and KenPom in making our list. Here we go.

BIG 10: 7 teams in

Ohio St, Michigan, Michigan St, Maryland, Indiana, Purdue, Penn St.

Bubble: Iowa, Illinois

ACC: 6 teams in

Louisville, Duke, North Carolina, Florida St, Virginia, NC State

Bubble: Pitt, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame

SEC: 5 teams in

Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU

Bubble: Arkansas, Mississippi St, Mississippi, Georgia

BIG 12: 5 teams in

Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas

Bubble: Texas Tech, Iowa St

BIG EAST: 6 teams in

Villanova, Butler, Seton Hall, Xavier, DePaul, Marquette

Bubble: Creighton, Georgetown

PAC 12: 4 teams in

Oregon, Arizona,Washington, Colorado

Bubble: Arizona St, Stanford, USC, Oregon St

AAC: 2 team in

Memphis, UCONN

Bubble: Cincinnati, Houston

A10: 2 teams in

VCU, Dayton

Bubble: Richmond, St. Louis, Duquesne, Rhode Island

BIG WEST: 2 teams in

Gonzaga, St. Mary’s

Bubble: BYU

MOUNTAIN WEST: 2 teams in

Utah St, San Diego St

Bubble: New Mexico

There are 22 automatic qualifiers from conferences outside of these 10 listed. There may be one team from these 22 that can earn an at-large bid. For our early predictions we will say that 46 of the 68 teams will come from the 10 major conferences.

From our list above there are 41 teams in, which leaves 5 teams listed on the bubble that will make the field. Here are our five.

Texas Tech, West Virginia, Pitt, Cincinnati and Houston

Our first four out:

Virginia Tech, Iowa, Creighton, BYU

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