It all comes down to this. Selection Sunday is finally here.
After a journey of four months and several thousand games, 10 people will decide the brackets we scribble all over for the next few weeks.
With so many minor-conference No. 1 seeds losing in their conference tournaments and so many major-conference bubble teams playing like they don't want a bid, this was by far the toughest field to project in the past decade. Forget about seeding; just figuring out which teams deserve to be in the field was difficult.
Aside from Kansas as the No. 1 overall seed, nothing is certain about this year's bracket.
It's kind of fitting, though, right? It was an insane season in which the separation between AP No. 5 and No. 25 was negligible from week to week, so you can probably imagine how difficult it was to separate No. 28 from No. 29 on the overall seed list.
So go easy on your bracketologists this year. We put countless hours into these projections, but throwing darts at the wall might have been a better strategy this time around.
Here's a look at Bleacher Report's final projection of the tournament field:
Last five in (from safest to least safe): Michigan, San Diego State, Wichita State, Monmouth, Valparaiso
First five out (starting with closest to the field): Saint Mary's, Tulsa, Syracuse, Temple, South Carolina
A few others we're keeping an eye on (in no particular order): Vanderbilt, Florida and Hofstra
Last, but not least, to make sure your questions, comments and angry rants are heard, send them to @kerrancejames on Twitter. We may even use some of your tweets in a Q&A throughout the week.
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