Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/15/14

Via Midwest Sports Fans:

Football season is now officially behind us, and more of the sports world will be turning their eyes toward college hoops. And to those people I say, where the hell have you been?

Anyway, Selection Sunday is less than six weeks away, and now that we’ve hit February I’m going to start doing weekly projections.

The projections below take into account all games played through Monday, February 4th.

Last Four In

Boise State

The Broncos picked up a nice win on Saturday by beating UNLV at home. And while they had lost three of their prior four games, it’s worth noting that those games were played without Jeff Elorriaga, the team’s third-leading scorer and a dead-eye three-point shooter. The loss at Utah doesn’t help their case, but with Elorriaga in the lineup, their only other losses have been at Michigan State and in OT against New Mexico.

This week Boise State has a tough road trip to San Diego State followed by a home date with Wyoming.

Arizona State

ASU split last weekend’s road trip to the Washington schools and now sits at number 65 in the RPI.  The victory over UCLA looks great, but there aren’t many other quality wins on their profile.

Outside of a loss to DePaul, the Sun Devils have managed to avoid bad losses, and they need to sweep home games with Cal and Stanford this weekend to stay in the field.

Saint Mary’s

The Gaels are doing what they have to do right now – winning.  They have won eight straight and 11 of 12, and the road win at BYU is a huge delineating factor for them right now.

Saint Mary’s can definitely solidify their case with home games against Gonzaga and BYU left on the schedule, and they are one of few teams that can be helped by their Bracketbusters matchup when Creighton visits McKeon Pavilion.

Temple

If you’re looking for a Jekyll and Hyde team, it’s definitely the Owls. After beating Syracuse in December, Temple is just 5-5 with a bad home loss against Saint Bonaventure and a not quite as bad road loss at Saint Joe’s last weekend.

There aren’t many profile-enhancing chances left on the schedule with the exception of home games against La Salle and VCU.  The Owls need to avoid any more bad losses and at least split those to feel good about their chances.

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First Four Out

Southern Miss

If you want to rail against RPI flaws, I present to you the Golden Eagles. They rank 38th despite having exactly zero victories against the Top 100. Their best RPI wins are against Tulsa and Denver.

So while it’s great that they have avoided bad losses and keep piling up wins, this week is pretty huge with a road trip to Central Florida followed by a home date with Memphis.

Indiana State

The Sycamores may give Temple a run for their money in the Jekyll and Hyde category. They have neutral court wins over Miami (FL) and Ole Miss to go with a road win at Wichita State, but they have also lost at Morehead State, Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Drake. And while I tend to value teams who have shown the ability to beat quality opponents, at some point you can’t overlook the quantity of sub-100 L’s.

ISU would be well-served to hold serve against Creighton and Southern Illinois this week.

Maryland

The Terps are in trouble at this point. They are 70th in the RPI, have one Top 50 win, and are sub-.500 in a down ACC. They’re also 1-4 in true road games and have been swept by a Florida State team that probably isn’t getting in the tournament.

Maryland has five road games left starting with a trip to Va Tech this week, but except for the season finale at Virginia, the Terps really can’t afford to lose any of them.

Alabama

There’s something to be said for simply winning games, which is exactly what Alabama has done recently.  he Tide has won six of seven and are now 6-2 in the SEC. Obviously the league isn’t great, but Alabama does have five Top 100 wins on their profile.

If they are truly a tournament team, they should be able to win their next seven before heading to Florida and Ole Miss in early March. 

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Here is how the bids broke out by conference:

Big East (7): Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse

Big Ten (7): Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Big 12 (6): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

Atlantic 10 (5): Butler, La Salle, Saint Louis, Temple, VCU

Mountain West (5): Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV

Pac-12 (5): Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA

ACC (4): Duke, Miami (FL), North Carolina, North Carolina State

SEC (4): Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss

Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Wichita State

West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s

America East: Stony Brook

Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast

Big Sky: Montana

Big South: Charleston Southern

Big West: Long Beach State

Colonial: Northeastern

Conference USA: Memphis

Horizon: Valparaiso

Ivy: Princeton

MAAC: Niagara

MAC: Akron

MEAC: North Carolina Central

Northeast: Bryant

Ohio Valley: Belmont

Patriot: Bucknell

Southern: Davidson

Southland: Stephen F. Austin

Summit: South Dakota State

Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee

SWAC: Southern

WAC: Louisiana Tech

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