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Andy Katz | Correspondent | March 11, 2018

Predictions on the full 68-team NCAA tournament field

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March Madness begins on Selection Sunday 2018 when the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee reveals which 68 teams have made the field for this year's basketball championships. The 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, featuring the exclusive live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, will be televised on TBS – Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. ET.  

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Picking the last few teams was clearly the toughest job for the selection committee. There were probably a dozen teams who were similar and could easily be in the field. Those that didn’t make it can’t complain. They all had warts and chances that they weren’t able to capitalize on at various points of the season.

I may have been with the committee — outside the room — for the past four days, but I was not privy to their decisions. The following list is my analysis and opinion on what they may do. And, even if I were in the room, I would just be one of 10 votes. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a number of opinions on the final few teams.

Here’s Andy Katz's field of 68 prediction for Selection Sunday:

(Note: this is not in order by seed.)

1. Houston

2. Wichita State

3. Cincinnati

4. Rhode Island

5. St. Bonaventure

6. Virginia

7. Duke

8. North Carolina

9. Clemson

10. Miami

11. NC State

12. Virginia Tech

13. Florida State

14. Kansas

15. Texas Tech

16. West Virginia

17. TCU

18. Kansas State

19. Xavier

20. Villanova

21. Creighton

22. Seton Hall

23. Providence

24. Butler

25. Michigan State

26. Purdue

27. Ohio State

28. Michigan

29. Nevada

30. San Diego State

31. Arizona

32. UCLA

33. Auburn

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34. Tennessee

35. Florida

36. Arkansas

37. Kentucky

38. Missouri

39. Alabama

40. Texas A&M

41. Gonzaga

42. UMBC

43. Lipscomb

44. Eastern Washington

45. Radford

46. Fullerton

47. Charleston

48. Marshall

49. Wright State

50. Penn/Harvard

51. Iona

52. Buffalo

53. North Carolina Central

54. Loyola-Chicago

55. LIU-Brooklyn

56. Murray State

57. Bucknell

58. UNC Greensboro

59. Stephen F. Austin

60. Texas Southern

61. South Dakota State

62. UT Arlington/Georgia State

63. New Mexico State

64. Syracuse

65. USC

66. Arizona State

67. Texas

68. Davidson if it beats Rhode Island; Oklahoma State/Oklahoma if Davidson loses. The numbers say Oklahoma. But based on recent play the Cowboys should get the nod. If the Sooners are in then its all based on numbers and early-season wins. The Sooners are not playing like they should be in the field. OSU has played well enough to warrant consideration.


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