BracketBusters weekend was great for one team and bubble bursting for another.
Murray State erased all doubt of its NCAA tournament credentials with a convincing 14-point victory over Saint Mary's, while Creighton ended Long Beach State's at-large hopes once and for all in the best game of the day.
No matter how much you like the 49ers or respect their very challenging non-conference schedule, the bottom line is that they are 0-6 against the top 50. It's not enough to play good teams; you have to beat at least one of them.
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) Xavier vs. (12d) Washington
(12b) Saint Joseph's vs. (12c) Texas
First seven teams out: Colorado State, NC State, Arizona, South Florida, Oregon, LSU, Colorado
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with slides consisting of the major conferences. First up is the ACC.