It may still be February, but March Madness officially begins tonight with two first-round matchups in the Big South tournament: Radford vs. VMI and Gardner Webb vs. High Point. As crazy as it may seem, even these teams have a shot at winning the national championship—that is if they don't lose another game for the rest of the season. Such is the beauty of college basketball.
But for some of the more serious contenders, there's only 13 days left to impress the committee.
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 first two at-large bid games:
(12a) Northwestern vs. (12d) Xavier
(12b) Dayton vs. (12c) California
First 10 teams out: BYU, South Florida, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, NC State, TCU, Colorado
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with slides consisting of the major conferences. First up is the ACC.