NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 15

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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 15
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Snowstorms along the East Coast caused more than a dozen games to be postponed on Wednesday and Thursday night, but even a white Valentine's Day couldn't keep us from churning out our weekly projected bracket.

Though we'll need to wait an extra eight days for the first showdown between Duke and North Carolina, Syracuse and Pittsburgh delivered a gem of a game with all sorts of bracket implications.

Asked about Tyler Ennis' game-winning shot and his decision to call a timeout, Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon told reporters after the game, via The Associated Press (h/t ESPN), "We did what we were supposed to do. If we had to do it again...We did the right things."

Unfortunately, the right things weren't good enough to dethrone Syracuse from the No. 1 overall seed. Nor were they good enough to keep Pittsburgh from falling to a No. 8 seed after dropping a seed line for a fourth consecutive week.

That's nothing compared to the precipitous tumbles taken by Oklahoma State and Florida State. The Cowboys were a No. 6 seed last week but are now firmly on the bubble after the Marcus Smart incident. The Seminoles were a No. 9 seed a week ago, but after losing games to Maryland and Miami, this is the last time you'll even read about Florida State in this space.

In recapping the rest of 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 will also 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.

 

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. 14. All Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and Strength of Schedule (SOS) rankings (via ESPN) are current through the start of play on Thursday, Feb 13.

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