As the calendar flips to December, the RPI starts to align more with the national polls, making it a more reliable tool when projecting the field of 68.
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 get into the Big Dance, but not all have the guts to ask a girl out onto 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.
For two of the past three years, my final bracket projections have been more accurate than those of ESPN's Joe Lunardi, and I had the most accurate projections in the country in 2011.
I'll begin with the two First Four at-large bid games:
(12a) St. John's vs. (12b) Miami
(13a) Ole Miss vs. (13b) Temple
First four teams out: Maryland, Texas A&M, California, Texas
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with each major conference receiving its own slide. First up is the ACC.