Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Projections On Feb. 10

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Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Projections On Feb. 10
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Now that the NFL season has concluded, this is when the college basketball season starts to heat up.  We're nine games into the conference season and once again we're seeing a very weak bubble field.

Aaron Rodgers was the face of the NFL this season.

BYU's Jimmer Fredette has been the face of the college basketball scene.

I do like the way the 68-team bracket is structured.  It has created more parity by the addition of two more at-large teams.

There's going to be four "play-in" games.  Two games will feature the last four teams in the field, while the other two games feature 16th seeded teams.

The two game play-ins from the 16th seeds actually strengthens the field.  It makes the first round games featuring top four seeds more competitive.  For example a team like Belmont would've been a 12th seed last year; I like to think of them as this year's Cornell.  In this year's bracket, they're a 13th seed.

Another thing I must mention, I projected conference tournament winners.  Butler and Gonzaga have struggled this year.  Ultimately I believe Butler finds a way to win the Horizon.  Gonzaga has it a bit tougher; they've already lost to Saint Mary's at the Kennel.  Again, I think the Zags find a way into the field.

Let's take a look at what I believe the bracket would look like today.

 

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