This is really turning into a season of parity in college basketball.
By Jan. 14, there were no undefeated teams remaining. As we enter the fourth week of January there are just six one-loss schools left: Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Syracuse and Stephen F. Austin.
The feeling is whoever gets into the tournament has a shot to win a few games.
As always, I am not trying to guess how teams will finish the year. Rather, I am simply seeding them based on their current resumes.
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 of them have the guts to ask a girl out onto the dance floor.
2. An Elite team that is safely in the field is "Dancing with a Hottie."
3. A school in the middle is "Dancing with Its 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) Alabama vs. (12d) Charlotte
(12b) Oklahoma State vs. (12c) Xavier
First 10 Teams Out: Southern Miss, Wisconsin, Maryland, UMass, Iowa State, Temple, Texas A&M, Arizona State, La Salle, Saint Mary's
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with each major conference receiving its own slide.
First up is the ACC.