Duke barely won at Boston College on Sunday, avoiding the first week in which all top 5 AP teams lost since 1992. The field is wide open and so is the top line of the bracket.
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) St. John's vs. (12d) Stanford
(12b) Temple vs. (12c) North Carolina
First 12 Teams Out: Arizona State, Virginia, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Baylor, Charlotte, Xavier, St. Mary's, Alabama, Boise State, Villanova, BYU
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with each major conference receiving its own slide.
First up is the ACC.