NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 14

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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 14
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

It had been a long time since anyone other than Arizona occupied the No. 1 overall seed in the projected March Madness field, but Syracuse finally took over the top spot this week.

What's more, Wichita State makes its debut on the top line, taking the place of Kansas after the Jayhawks lost to Texas over the weekend.

The Longhorns' upset was just one of many exciting games to take place in recent days, with Saturday night's game between Duke and Syracuse serving as the most memorable. On Wednesday morning, Jim Boeheim told ESPN's Mike & Mike that he thinks college basketball is the best it has ever been.

And it's only February. Wait until the tournament starts.

In recapping the projected field, we'll start at the bottom by looking at the last five teams to be included and excluded from the field. We also will take a look at five teams that aren't quite deserving of being in the tournament discussion but are creeping onto the radar.

After that, we'll present each seeded region, including the subregional locations in which each pod would be played and some commentary on select teams. Then it's the ranking of the No. 1 seeds, followed by a summary of the entire field broken up by conference.

Now that the calendar has flipped to February, we'll be posting an updated bracket on a weekly basis. 

 

Win-loss records on the following slides exclude games played against opponents not in D-I and are current through the start of play on Friday, Feb. 7. All Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and Strength of Schedule (SOS) rankings (via ESPN) are current through the start of play on Thursday, Feb 6.

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