With conference play going full throttle this week, it's about time we published a projected bracket based on the first two months of the 2013-14 college basketball season.
A sneak peek of what lies ahead: Arizona is the No. 1 team in the country according to the polls, but the Wildcats wouldn't be earning the top seed if the tournament started today.
Love it or hate it, RPI is still one of the primary metrics used by the selection committee. Even though the numbers are wonkier in January than they will be in March, they are provided on the following slides—if only to help you get re-accustomed to hearing about them for the next two months.
We'll start out with looking at the last five teams to make it into the Field of 68, as well as the first five teams on the outside looking in. After that, it's a snapshot of the pairings and host sites in each region along with some commentary on each. Then we'll explain which No. 1 seed is the overall No. 1 seed.
Last but not least, there is a summary of the entire field broken out on one slide by conference. Hopefully, this will save you the trouble of flipping back and forth between four slides before angrily asking why your favorite team isn't included.
Win-loss records on the following slides exclude games played against opponents not in D-I. All records and RPI rankings (via ESPN) are current through the start of play on Thursday, January 2.