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Super Early Projection for the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Kerry MillerCollege Basketball National AnalystJuly 23, 2014

Super Early Projection for the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

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    After seven weeks of projected standings, the time has finally come for our first projected bracket of the 2014-15 men's college basketball season.

    My odds of accurately predicting the entire 68-team field in July are about as good as your odds of picking a perfect bracket in March, but that isn't going to stop either of us from trying.

    As was the case throughout last season, we'll take a look at the last five teams into the field, the first five out and another five on the horizon. Only, instead of blathering on about computer profiles, big wins and huge upcoming games, we'll primarily use that space to talk about which players need to show up in a big way for those teams to play their way into the 2015 tournament.

    After that, we'll present each seeded region, including the subregional locations in which each pod would be played and some commentary on select teams. Then we'll provide the ranking of the No. 1 seeds followed by a summary of the entire field broken up by conference.

Last 5 In

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    Last Team In: North Carolina State (2013-14 Record: 22-14)

    It would certainly be comical if the Wolfpack were the last team into the field for a second straight season.

    Their success will depend heavily upon the immediate impact of Abdul-Malik Abu.

    The backcourt of Cat Barber, Trevor Lacey, Ralston Turner and Desmond Lee will be very solid. People will inevitably downplay NC State this season because of Tyler Lewis' decision to transfer to Butler, but Mark Gottfried's team is still in the hands of very capable ball-handlers.

    It's in the frontcourt that the Wolfpack could be in trouble without T.J. Warren and Jordan Vandenberg. But if Abu plays well as a freshman power forward, he'll anchor a rotation that should be just good enough to go dancing.

     

    2nd-to-Last Team: Cincinnati (2013-14 Record: 27-7)

    As we addressed on Friday, Cincinnati is going through a ton of turnover this summer. The Bearcats were already a pretty low-scoring team, and they're now without Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles. Losing their top 2013 recruit, Jermaine Lawrence, to Manhattan so he could be closer to home and his ailing father didn't do much to help the program, either.

    We're keeping them in the field after a great 2013-14 seasonmostly as a gesture of good faith to Mick Cronin's coaching abilitybut we're more than a little concerned about their ability to actually outscore opponents with any degree of regularity.

    If it does happen, Jermaine Sanders and Kevin Johnson will need to be huge factors. Both played somewhat sparingly last season but ranked among the top three on the team in O-rating, according to KenPom.com (subscription required).

    If they can maintain that efficiency with increased usage, Cincinnati might have enough firepower in a relatively weak AAC to make the tournament.

     

    3rd-to-Last Team: UNLV (2013-14 Record: 20-13)

    I'm going out on a pretty thin limb by projecting UNLV to make the tournament after the Rebels lost all five of their leading scorers from a team that didn't even make the tournament in 2014.

    However, Dave Rice's club has one of the most intense nonconference schedules the selection committee could possibly ask for. Even if the Rebels don't end up playing Duke in the Coaches vs. Cancer championship game, they'll still have games against Stanford, Arizona State, Utah, Kansas and Arizona.

    Those are tall tasks for Rashad Vaughn and Goodluck Okonoboh, who are two highlights of one of the best incoming classes in the country. But those RPI and strength-of-schedule (SOS) boosters should give UNLV enough wiggle room to get into the tournament.

     

    4th-to-Last Team: St. John's (2013-14 Record: 20-13)

    The Red Storm have a lot of great pieces. D'Angelo Harrison has been one of the most consistently good shooting guards over the past three seasons. Chris Obekpa is a shot-blocking machine in the paint. They lost Jakarr Sampson, but JUCO transfer Keith Thomas should do a lot to fill that void.

    But if Rysheed Jordan doesn't play better than last season, neither will St. John's.

    That isn't to say that Jordan was bad last year, but he was the third-highest-rated incoming point guard by ESPN and wasn't anywhere near as efficient or effective as Andrew Harrison, Tyler Ennis, Nigel Williams-Goss, Terry Rozier or Derrick Walton.

    Should he actually evolve into one of the best sophomore point guards in the nation, coach Steve Lavin should have no trouble getting this team back to the tournament and keeping his job.

     

    5th-to-Last Team: Northern Iowa (2013-14 Record: 16-15)

    I'm not 100 percent convinced the Missouri Valley is ready to be a multibid conference again, but Northern Iowa certainly gives it the best chance of getting there.

    The Panthers bring back all six of their leading scorers from last season, most notably among them Seth Tuttle. If they're going to make a leap, they'll need Matt Bohannon to become a deadlier assassin.

    Northern Iowa's version of Brady Heslip attempted more than 200 three-pointers and fewer than 50 two-pointers, but he "only" shot 37.4 percent from downtown. In order to make an effective living as little more than a bomber, he'll need to get that percentage at least into the low 40s.

    Those extra triplesand the added defensive attention that comes with themcould make a world of difference for a team which lost eight games decided either in overtime or by six or fewer points last season.

1st 5 Out

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    1st Team Out: Richmond (2013-14 Record: 19-14)

    Before we even get into stating Richmond's case, it feels necessary to note that I project the Spiders to be the third-best team in the Atlantic 10, meaning that conference would be going from six bids in 2014 to just two in 2015.

    George Washington and Massachusetts should remain relatively competitive this season, but Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis could be headed for rough seasons after losing so much from last year's squads.

    Unless La Salle or Rhode Island decides to spring to life after a sub-.500 season, or Davidson really strikes it rich in its first year in the A-10, it's going to be a very down year for this mid-major.

    And as a result, it might doom Richmond to the NIT.

    If the Spiders do get onto the right side of the bubble, though, it will very likely mean that Niagara transfer T.J. Cline was everything coach Chris Mooney hoped he would be when he signed him last summer. The Spiders were routinely destroyed on the glass last season, so the 6'8" Cline could be a crucial addition.

     

    2nd Team Out: Seton Hall (2013-14 Record: 17-17)

    With a little bit of luck, Seton Hall would have been in the tournament last year. During the regular season, the Pirates went 3-10 in games decided by five or fewer points. Nine of those 13 games were decided either in overtime or by one point in regulation.

    Though they add a pair of outstanding recruits in Isaiah Whitehead and Angel Delgado, it might be another heartbreaking season for Seton Hall fans. The Pirates are losing three of their four leading scorers from last year.

    The player who could really make or break their season is Brandon Mobley. Whitehead and Sterling Gibbs will lead the team in scoring, but Mobley has the ability to be a 15.0-point-, 8.0-rebound-, 2.0-block-per-game type of presence if he could just harness his talent and do so on a consistent basis.

     

    3rd Team Out: Oregon (2013-14 Record: 24-10)

    I want to believe that Joseph Young can single-handedly lead Oregon to the tournament, but there's just too much roster upheaval going on here.

    Even if Young and Elgin Cook live up to their full potential, the Ducks are just forced to count on too many new pieces between JaQuan Lyle, Dwayne Benjamin and Michael Chandler.

    They'll be close but will ultimately miss out.

     

    4th Team Out: Miami (Florida) (2013-14 Record: 17-16)

    Like with Oregon, there's too much change occurring with this roster to realistically project a tournament bid.

    Between redshirts, D-I transfers, JUCO transfers and incoming freshmen, the 'Canes have seven players who could see a lot of minutes this season. Part of the reason for that is because they are good players, but most of it is because Miami only has three returning players who scored more than two points all of last season.

     

    5th Team Out: Alabama (2013-14 Record: 13-19)

    Stop me if you've heard this twice already, but Alabama has a ton of new pieces that may or may not mesh well together.

    Ricky Tarrant (Tulane), Christophe Varidel (Chaminade) and Michael Kessens (Longwood) may all be starters in their first season with Alabama after transferring.

    This was a low-scoring (67.8 PPG), poor-shooting (44.4 FG%) team that could get even worse without Trevor Releford (18.5 PPG, 49.6 FG%) and Nick Jacobs (8.4 PPG, 52.0 FG%), but I suspect the Crimson Tide will be on the rise with all their new players.

    It's just a question of whether they rise enough to actually go dancing.

Next 5 Out

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    Cal Golden Bears (2013-14 Record: 20-10)

    Head coach Cuonzo Martin will have a strong base of players in Jabari Bird, David Kravish, Jordan Mathews and Tyrone Wallace, but the graduation of Richard Solomon became even tougher to bear when Kameron Rooks had ACL surgery earlier this month.

    Kravish is a considerably above-average rebounder and shot-blocker, but he can't man the paint alone. What seven-footer Kingsley Okoroh accomplishes as a freshman could be the difference between the NCAA tournament and the NIT.

     

    Baylor Bears (2013-14 Record: 26-12)

    While playing just 17.8 minutes per game, Rico Gathers averaged 14.4 points and 14.3 rebounds per 40 minutes as a sophomore.

    If he can extrapolate that beastliness to 30 or more minutes per game, Baylor could be in great shape. If not, the Bears will dearly miss Isaiah Austin, Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson, and fail to even sniff the tournament field.

     

    Indiana Hoosiers (2013-14 Record: 17-15)

    The Hoosiers are the lite version of North Carolina State: We have a lot of faith in the backcourt, but a ton of questions about the frontcourt.

    Unless Hanner Mosquera-Perea pulls a Kelly Olynyk or a Frank Kaminsky by coming out of nowhere to become the patron saint of college basketball as a junior, it's difficult to see how Indiana will accomplish anything in the paint this year.

     

    Temple Owls (2013-14 Record: 9-22)

    It's not often that a team goes from nine wins in one season to a tournament appearance in the next, but Temple will at least have a shotespecially if Jesse Morgan is eligible to play.

    The Owls lost a pair of key contributors to last year's disappointing campaign when Dalton Pepper graduated and Anthony Lee transferred to Ohio State, but they should be considerably better than last season thanks to a healthy Daniel Dingle and a presumably strong freshman year for Obi Enechionyia.

     

    Cleveland State Vikings (2013-14 Record: 21-12)

    If I'm not completely sold on the Missouri Valley as a two-bid league, then I'm definitely not drinking the Horizon's Kool-Aid.

    However, something needs to be said for Cleveland State's chances of dancing. The Vikings will get back six of the seven leading scorers from a team that darn near messed around and won a road game against Kentucky last November.

    Losing Jon Harris will be tough, but this is one of those classic loaded-with-upperclassmen types of teams that could scrape out enough wins to get into the bubble conversation.

East Region (Syracuse)

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    Omaha, Nebraska

    No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Winthrop/Hofstra

    No. 8 Harvard vs. No. 9 Arkansas

     

    Louisville, Kentucky

    No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Murray State

    No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 UNLV/St. John's

     

    Columbus, Ohio

    No. 3 Virginia Commonwealth vs. No. 14 New Mexico State

    No. 6 Georgetown vs. No. 11 Iowa

     

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Eastern Washington

    No. 7 Kansas State vs. No. 10 Illinois

     

    Commentary

    Who doesn't want to see Bruce Weber's current team (Kansas State) go up against his former team (Illinois)? The Illini have been playing "They love me; they love me not" with the selection committee over the past eight years, oscillating between making the tournament and failing to do so. If that trend continues, they'll be dancing this year.

    Speaking of missing the tournament, Georgetown is one of our biggest bounce-back candidates in the field, going from 15 losses and no tournament last year to a No. 6 seed in this preseason field. It wouldn't be the first time the Hoyas made that type of leap, either. They were 16-15 in 2008-09 before earning a No. 3 seed in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

    Arkansas also missed the dance last season after closing out the season with a pair of disastrous losses against Alabama and South Carolina, but Bobby Portis and company are gearing up for a great year in a stronger SEC.

    Higher up on the seed list, Wichita State is looking to make it four straight incredible seasons. The Shockers lost Cleanthony Early, but Ron Baker, Tekele Cotton and Fred VanVleet highlight the list of great players they're getting back for another MVC title.

    VCU as a No. 3 seed might seem a little high, but the Rams bring back three of the most important players from last year's teamTreveon Graham, Melvin Johnson and Briante Weberand pair them with the best recruiting class that coach Shaka Smart has assembled to date. Factor in a down year for the A-10 and VCU should have no problem winning at least 27 games.

    Last but not least, there probably won't be many preseason bracketologists who have Duke as anything other than a No. 1 seed, but I'd like to see the Blue Devils prove something first. We are a basketball nation hopelessly obsessed with recruiting rankings, and Duke is No. 1 on that list this year, per ESPN.com.

    However, this is still a team that is losing five of its eight top minute-earners from last season.

Midwest Region (Cleveland)

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    Louisville, Kentucky

    No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 St. Francis (New York)

    No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Dayton

     

    Seattle, Washington

    No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Stephen F. Austin

    No. 5 Utah vs. No. 12 Cincinnati/North Carolina State

     

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Mercer

    No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Stanford

     

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast

    No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Georgia State

     

    Commentary

    Out of the four regions, the Midwest is all but guaranteed to stir up the most angry hornets. I'll address the potential outrages in ascending order of the number of potential "You have no credibility" comments.

    First we have Georgia State as a No. 10 seed. The Panthers won 22 out of 23 games between Dec. 14 and March 15, and the Sun Belt is getting even weaker with the departure of Western Kentucky, and Elfrid Payton's decision to leave Louisiana-Lafayette a year early. When it plays Iowa State on Nov. 17, you'll know Georgia State is the real deal.

    Next on the list is probably Oklahoma as a No. 7 seed. Most of the early brackets that I've seen have the Sooners somewhere in the vicinity of a No. 3 to 5 seed, but that seems a bit overly optimistic until we find out whether TaShawn Thomas will be eligible to play immediately. If he has to spend the entire season on the bench, Oklahoma could be in some trouble.

    That leads us to the ire over Villanova being seeded ahead of the defending national champions. But let's keep in mind that the Wildcats were a No. 2 seed last season and aren't losing much of anything this summer, whereas Connecticut was a No. 7 seed and will now be without Shabazz Napier, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah and Niels Giffey. If anything, I'm being too generous to the Huskies here.

    Utah as a No. 5 seed probably won't be a popular opinion, but that's only because Utah wasn't a popular team to watch last season. Prior to the beatings the Utes took in their final two games of the season, they were 21-10 overall but 1-8 in games decided by four or fewer points, including losses to Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon and Stanford.

    From that better-than-their-record roster, the Utes bring back all six of their leading scorers, most notably among them Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge. Like SMU, Utah might have made the tournament last year were it not for a horrendous nonconference schedule. The Utes are hoping to beef up their resume this year by scheduling games against BYU, Kansas, UNLV and Wichita State.

    Topping the list of inevitable anger is Michigan as a No. 6 seed. Even though the Wolverines lost Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford, their fans will be expecting a fourth straight season as a No. 4 seed or better. But without an established veteran or even a highly rated recruit in the post, I don't see it happening.

South Region (Houston)

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    Charlotte, North Carolina

    No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff/North Carolina Central

    No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Xavier

     

    Portland, Oregon

    No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 13 Green Bay

    No. 5 Southern Methodist vs. No. 12 Auburn

     

    Jacksonville, Florida

    No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 UC Santa Barbara

    No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Louisiana Tech

     

    Omaha, Nebraska

    No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 IPFW

    No. 7 Colorado vs. No. 10 Tulsa

     

    Commentary

    In stark contrast to the Midwest region, the South feels like it should be relatively agreeable for all parties.

    Maybe you don't view North Carolina as a No. 1 seed, but the Tar Heels don't appear to be any worse than one of the top No. 2 seeds. If you believe North Carolina and Kansas should switch spots, I won't argue too much, as I have them at No. 4 and No. 5 on my overall seed list.

    Likewise, Florida is right on the cut line between a No. 2 seed and a No. 3 seed, but anything that high for a team losing four starters is quite respectable.

    Frankly, the biggest point of contention in this region might be the participants in the No. 5 vs. No. 12 game.

    A few weeks ago, SMU would have been considered a No. 3 seed. The Mustangs drop after Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to play in China, but how far? I still view them as a Top 20 team, but it wouldn't be a surprise if people argued that they'll be lucky to even make it into a No. 8 vs. No. 9 game.

    SMU's projected second-round opponent, Auburn, went 14-16 last season and lost the bulk of those games in blowout fashion. But the Tigers have a great new coach in Bruce Pearl and quite a few transfers who should be able to turn things around overnight.

    Having Auburn as a No. 12 seed, though, could be controversial on both sides of the fence. If you're really buying Auburn stock, you probably think it deserves a single-digit seed. But if you're not a believer in the Tigers' new pieces, you likely think they'd be lucky to play in the CBI tournament.

    One other school in this region that bears mentioning is Tulsa as a No. 10 seed. The Golden Hurricane went 17-4 during the 2014 portion of last season and were led almost entirely by sophomores. Had they stayed in C-USA, they would be the overwhelming favorite to win the conference. But it's tough to say how they'll fare in the AAC.

    SMU and Memphis did a pretty fine job of transitioning from Conference USA to the AAC, and the American doesn't figure to be anywhere near as strong this year as it was in its inaugural season. That should mean good things for Tulsa.

West Region (Los Angeles)

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    Portland, Oregon

    No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 16 Stony Brook

    No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Colorado State

     

    Columbus, Ohio

    No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Toledo

    No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Northern Iowa

     

    Seattle, Washington

    No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 14 Iona

    No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Butler

     

    Jacksonville, Florida

    No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 American

    No. 7 Minnesota vs. No. 10 Ole Miss

     

    Commentary

    Once a near annual fixture in the NCAA tournament, Butler's inclusion in this projected field will likely be an unpopular one. The Bulldogs went 14-17 last season, including losing 14 of their first 16 games in a relatively lackluster Big East. But I have a hunch that Kellen Dunham is going to explode this year, and Roosevelt Jones could do the same after missing last season with a wrist injury.

    One seed line ahead of Butler is a team that I haven't even seen mentioned in the "Other Teams Considered" sections of brackets on most other sites, and that's the Ole Miss Rebels. They won't have the same flair as they did in the past two seasons with Marshall Henderson, but coach Andy Kennedy is reloading for a huge campaign with all sorts of immediate-impact transfers.

    We might as well keep working our way up the seed line and address Colorado State as a No. 9 seed. Last year (16-16 overall, 7-11 in MWC) was anything but kind to the Rams, but they return their four leading scorers and add a quartet of noteworthy transfers in Dantiel Daniels, Stanton Kidd, Gian Luis Clavell and Bubu Palo.

    With New Mexico presumably dropping off the face of the earth after losing all three of its leading scorers from last season, Colorado State has a great chance of jumping up and becoming the second-best team in the Mountain West this year.

    Syracuse checks in as a No. 8 seed, and I have no idea whether that's way too high or way too low. Under most coaches, losing three of the four leading scorers and having a big ol' question mark at both point guard and center would be a signal for an awful season. But Jim Boeheim has won at least 19 games in 32 consecutive seasons, so let's give him the benefit of the doubt here.

    Skipping up toward the top of this region, Gonzaga should be headed for a monster season. Nonconference games against Arizona, Memphis, SMU and UCLA should give us a good early indication of where the Bulldogs will end up in the field, but if they don't win the West Coast Conference by a margin of at least four games, I will be astonished.

    And at No. 2 in the West are the Texas Longhorns. Either Kansas or Texas will probably play its way into a No. 1 seed, but it almost comes down to a coin flip when deciding which is more likely to win the Big 12. As such, we're keeping them both as No. 2 seeds for now, but with expectations of even greater things.

Ranking the No. 1 Seeds

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    No. 4: North Carolina

    Though the Tar Heels occupy the fourth No. 1 seed, they're closer to a No. 3 seed than they are to the overall No. 3 seed. Arizona, Kentucky and Wisconsin will all but unanimously be projected No. 1 seeds at the start of next season unless something drastic happens in the next 100 days.

    But if Kennedy Meeks can stay in shape during the season, he and Marcus Paige may well be the best inside-outside duo in the nation.

    Throw in Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry, and North Carolina could have the type of unstoppable seven-man rotation that made Arizona so great for the first three months of last season.

     

    No. 3: Wisconsin

    Were it not for a mini-meltdown in late January in which the Badgers lost five out of six games, they almost certainly would have been a No. 1 seed during the 2014 tournament.

    Before that tournament even ended, we were already talking about their great chance of getting back to the Final Four in 2015. And if we were already assuming the Badgers could be a No. 1 seed back then, why would that have changed while they stayed the same and so many other top teams were negatively impacted by early departures for the NBA draft?

    Wisconsin does lose Ben Brust but brings back Traevon Jackson, Kaminsky, Josh Gasser, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and an improved Sam Dekker.

    The Badgers are a step behind Arizona and Kentucky because those elite teams should get even stronger after adding outstanding freshmen, but there's no question that Wisconsin is the favorite to win the Big Ten and an early contender to win the 2015 national championship.

     

    No. 2: Arizona

    Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are gone, but hello Stanley Johnson, Kadeem Allen and Craig Victor, and a hearty welcome back to Brandon Ashley! Head coach Sean Miller and the Wildcats are shaping up to be one of the most dominant teams in the country for a second straight year.

    Rather than wax poetic about their accolades, let's use this space to mention the absurdity of the fact that Arizona could be the No. 1 overall seed this year yet will have to travel more than 1,000 miles to play its second- and third-round games.

    With the eight pods being played in Charlotte, Columbus, Jacksonville, Louisville, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland and Seattle, good teams like Arizona, San Diego State and UCLA will be shipped all over the country while a team like Cincinnati or West Virginia could just barely sneak into the tournament field and accidentally play a game in its backyard.

    And really, why are there two pods being played in the Northwest? Gonzaga's ill-fated No. 1 seed in the 2013 tournament was the only time in the past five years that a team from Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington earned a spot on the top four lines.

    Meanwhile, it's all but a given that multiple teams from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Southern California will be among the Top 16 teams in the country every single season.

    The NCAA is currently in the process of figuring out the regional and subregional sites for the 2016 through 2018 tournaments. Here's hoping November's announcement makes more sense than this year's situation.

     

    No. 1: Kentucky

    It shouldn't be long before the 40-0 train starts gaining steam again.

    The Wildcats lost a pair of great freshmen with both Julius Randle and James Young getting drafted in the first round last month, but what they're adding and keeping is so much more noteworthy.

    First line: Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Karl Towns Jr. and Dakari Johnson.

    Second line: Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Marcus Lee, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein.

    Coach John Calipari's projected reserves are better than 95 percent of other entire teams.

    But, sure, go ahead and mention the Robert Morris season or the 10 losses Kentucky suffered last season before the NCAA tournament. Whatever helps you sleep at night before the Wildcats make a mockery of the 2014-15 season.

Summary

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    In case you lost track of how many teams from each conference received bids, here's the whole field in one snapshot.

     

    One-bid conferences: 21

    • America East (Stony Brook: 16)
    • Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast: 15)
    • Big Sky (Eastern Washington: 15)
    • Big South (Winthrop: 16)
    • Big West (UC Santa Barbara: 14)
    • C-USA (Louisiana Tech: 11)
    • Colonial (Hofstra: 16)
    • Ivy (Harvard: 8)
    • MAAC (Iona: 14)
    • MAC (Toledo: 13)
    • MEAC (North Carolina Central: 16)
    • NEC (St. Francis (NY): 16)
    • OVC (Murray State: 13)
    • Patriot (American: 15)
    • Southern (Mercer: 14)
    • Southland (Stephen F. Austin: 13)
    • Summit (IPFW: 15)
    • Sun Belt (Georgia State: 10)
    • SWAC (Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 16)
    • WAC (New Mexico State: 14)
    • WCC (Gonzaga: 3)

     

    Multi-bid conferences: 11

    American: Connecticut (3), Southern Methodist (5), Memphis (8), Tulsa (10), Cincinnati (Last five in), Temple (Next five out)

    Atlantic 10: Virginia Commonwealth (3), Dayton (9), Richmond (First five out)

    ACC: North Carolina (1), Duke (2), Louisville (4), Virginia (5), Syracuse (8), NC State (Last five in), Miami (First five out)

    Big East: Villanova (2), Georgetown (6), Xavier (9), Butler (11), St. John's (Last five in), Seton Hall (First five out)

    Big Ten: Wisconsin (1), Michigan State (5), Ohio State (6), Michigan (6), Minnesota (7), Nebraska (8), Illinois (10), Iowa (11), Indiana (Next five out)

    Big 12: Kansas (2), Texas (2), Iowa State (4), Kansas State (7), Oklahoma (7), Baylor (Next five out)

    Horizon: Green Bay (12), Cleveland State (Next five out)

    Missouri Valley: Wichita State (4), Northern Iowa (Last five in)

    Mountain West: San Diego State (4), Colorado State (9), UNLV (Last five in)

    Pac-12: Arizona (1), Utah (5), UCLA (6), Colorado (7), Stanford (11), Oregon (First five out), California (Next five out)

    SEC: Kentucky (1), Florida (3), Arkansas (9), Ole Miss (10), Auburn (12), Alabama (First five out)

     

    Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.

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