March Madness: Chapter 6: The first guess at the Tournament field

OK. So we are into it. Tournament week, followed by Selection Sunday, followed by as wide an open NCAA tournament field we've ever seen. Again, at least a dozen teams could be considered seriously for the national championship. The cottage industry developing is taking the over/under line on when this season's national champion is forced to vacate the spot after allegations around the program become public. (Just kidding?)


Now let's get to the business of basketball, with our first look at the 68 team field (not brackets yet), ranked according to seed.

No.1 seeds

Villanova, Virginia, Kansas and Xavier

No 2 seeds

Duke, North Carolina, Purdue, Cincinnati

No. 3 seeds

Michigan, Auburn, Wichita State, Michigan State

No. 4 seeds

Clemson, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arizona

No. 5 seeds

Ohio State, Rhode Island, Gonzaga, TCU

No. 6 seeds

Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nevada, Houston

No. 7 seeds

Creighton, West Virginia, Miami, Saint Bonaventure

No. 8 seeds

Florida, Seton Hall, Missouri, Oklahoma

No. 9 seeds

NC State, USC, Arkansas, Saint Mary's

No. 10 seeds

Loyola (Chicago), Virginia Tech, Butler, FSU

No. 11 seeds

UCLA, Baylor, Providence, Texas, Alabama, Arizona State

No. 12 seeds

Buffalo, Louisiana, South Dakota, Middle Tennessee

No. 13 seeds

Vermont, Iona, Murray State, New Mexico State

No. 14 seeds

Northeastern, Bucknell, UNC-Greensboro, Montana

No. 15 seeds

Wagner, Wright State, Radford, UC-Irvine

No. 16 seeds

Georgia Southern, Bethune-Cookman, Lipscomb, Harvard, Nicholls State, Arkanas-Pine Bluff