Wichita State(27-4)- The Shockers are coming off a huge 41 point win over Illinois State to regain the top sleeper team spot and top spot in the Missouri Valley. If they stay within seeds 7-10 then 1 and 2 seeds should be scared to see them in their region.
Middle Tennessee(24-4)- Middle Tennessee dropped their first game in conference to UTEP. It was a pretty bad loss, but the Blue Raiders still look very strong and could even get an at large bid without winning the Conference USA Tournament.
Illinois State(25-5)- Fell to Wichita State in a tough game so they dropped to #3 on this list. They are on the bubble so an at large is not out of reach quite yet, but they have to make it to the Missouri Valley Championship for a chance.
Vermont(26-5)- Leader of the American East Conference and are a 12 seed in Joe Lunardis Bracketology. Vermont is undefeated still in conference and are getting stronger.
Belmont(21-5)-Belmont out of the Ohio Valley were undefeated in conference until they fell to Tennessee Tech, and are looking fantastic. They play with a very unique style and work around their leader Evan Bradds. Belmont has a lot of potential if they can make the tournament as I compare them to Stephan F Austin last year.
Monmouth(25-5)- On a 15 game win streak, Monmouth looks to finish what they started last year where they fell short of a tourney bid because of a loss to Iona. Monmouth looks like they will win the MAAC and be an 11 or 12 seed in the tourney if they win out. However, they play Iona tomorrow in the regular season finale.
Princeton(18-6)- Undefeated in Ivy League play, Princeton just dominated Yale and now to look finish their undefeated IVY League season by beating a tough Harvard team next Friday. They are by far favored to win the IVY and make the NCAA Tourney.
UNC Central(21-6)- This team is sitting at a 16 seed and leader of the MEAC. I think if this team stays at a 16 seed they would be the team I trust the most to get a 16 seed win and knock off a team like Baylor or Gonzaga if they remain 1 seeds. In the non conference NC Central fell to Ohio State by just 9, LSU by 4, East Carolina by 7 and Marshall by 11. One bad loss came to Coastal Carolina by 3 and they dropped one in conference game by 1 point to a terrible Delaware State team. However, they beat Missouri by 10 in a game they dominated. For a team in the MEAC their resume looks great.
UNCW(26-5)- The Seahawks are still a 12 seed as well in Joe Lunardis Bracketology, but they are hard to trust right now. We will see how they finish the season.
UT-Arlington(21-6)- This team has found a way to navigate through the very deep top heavy Sun Belt Conference to regain the top spot and regain a projected 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I don’t know if I could trust them to pull an upset just yet.