Examining the Expert Predictions for 2013 NCAA Tournament Field at Week 17

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Examining the Expert Predictions for 2013 NCAA Tournament Field at Week 17
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Few things in life are more hotly debated than NCAA Tournament brackets.

Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two brackets are exactly alike. The best way to get a gauge for where a team truly stands is by determining its average position from a collection of different brackets.

So we did.

Selection Sunday is just 18 days away, but there's still a considerable amount of divergence amongst the experts in the field of bracketology. Save for Indiana as a No. 1 seed and Kansas State as a No. 4 seed, there were no teams unanimously receiving the same honor.

In fact, both UCLA and Illinois vary from a No. 5 to a No. 10 seed, depending on who you ask, while Kansas, Miami, Florida and Michigan each ranged from a No. 1 to a No. 3 seed.

Translation: The season may be close to finished, but there's still a whole lot left to be determined.

On the following six slides, we'll take a look at the projected field of our six experts while calling out where each one deviates the most from the group average.

Very important note: Some of these brackets were posted on Monday afternoon while others were posted on Tuesday morning. Therefore, differences in seeds for teams who played on Monday night (most notably Villanova, Kansas and Iowa State) are disregarded. Similarly, Tuesday night upsets of Indiana, Memphis and Florida would not be factored into any of the projected fields or my analysis of them.

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