Syracuse has the most wins, the fewest losses, the best RPI and the top strength of schedule in the country. I think it's pretty safe to say the Orange are the overall No. 1 seed in my latest projections. But which other 67 teams fill out my bracket?
As always, I am not trying to guess how teams will finish the year. I am simply seeding them based on their current résumés.
I like to break teams down into three categories:
1. Wallflowers are bubble teams because everyone wants to go to the Big Dance, but not all have the guts to ask a girl out on the dance floor.
2. Elite teams that are safely in the field are dancing with a hottie.
3. In the middle are the schools that are dancing with their sister.
Last year, I had the most accurate bracket projections in the country, correctly predicting 67 of 68 teams and once again finishing way ahead of ESPN's Joe Lunardi.
I'll begin with the two First Four at-large bid games:
(12a) Missouri State vs. (12d) Ole Miss
(12b) Florida vs. (12c) California
First 15 Teams Out: BYU, Marshall, Saint Joseph's, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Texas, Virginia Tech, New Mexico, Saint Louis, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Arkansas, Oregon, Arizona
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with slides consisting of the major conferences. First up is the ACC...