NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 16

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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 16
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It's highly unlikely that Syracuse will be ranked No. 1 in the nation next week after losing to Boston College on Wednesday night, but the Orange remain a No. 1 seed in the projected bracket with just 23 days remaining until Selection Sunday.

For the third consecutive week, Syracuse is joined by Arizona, Florida and Wichita State on the top line.

UCLA was the biggest positive mover in the past week, jumping from a No. 6 seed to a No. 3 seed after blowout wins over Utah and California.

There weren't any teams that suffered huge drops in the past seven days, but VCU did get bumped from a No. 6 seed down to a No. 8 after coming up just short against Saint Louis. That was also largely due to the increased stocks of teams like North Carolina and Colorado.

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. 21. All Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings (via ESPN) and KenPom (KP) rankings (via KenPom.com) are current through the start of play on Thursday, Feb 20.

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