November Bracketology: Early March Madness Predictions

Gary LloydSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2008

Can Dominic James lead his Marquette Golden Eagles through the tough Big East and into the NCAA tournament?

OK, so it's only November, but on a boring Sunday night, why not take a look at which teams might be dancing in March? A little on the absurd side, I know, but here's what I've got as of right now.


1: North Carolina (ACC), UConn (Big East), Louisville (Big East), Texas (Big 12)

2: Pittsburgh (Big East), Notre Dame (Big East), UCLA (Pac-10), Gonzaga (WCC)

3: Michigan State (Big Ten), Duke (ACC), Purdue (Big Ten), Tennessee (SEC)

4: Oklahoma (Big 12), Memphis (Conference USA), Miami (ACC), Arizona State (Pac-10)

5: Wake Forest (ACC), Florida (SEC), Davidson (Southern), Wisconsin (Big Ten)

6: Marquette (Big Ten), USC (Pac-10), Villanova (Big East), Xavier (A-10)

7: Georgetown (Big East), Kansas (Big 12), Syracuse (Big East), LSU (SEC)

8: UNLV (Mountain West), Baylor (Big 12), Ohio State (Big Ten), UAB (Conference USA)

9: Alabama (SEC), Saint Mary’s (WCC), Texas A&M (Big 12), Clemson (ACC)

10: BYU (Mountain West), Missouri (Big 12), West Virginia (Big East), OK St. (Big 12)

11: Washington State (Pac-10), Arizona (Pac-10), Nevada (WAC), Kentucky (SEC)

12: Kent State (MAC), Maryland (ACC), Temple (A-10), Belmont (A-Sun)

13: Winthrop (Big South), Oral Roberts (Summit League), Dayton (A-10), Siena (MAAC)

14: Cal State Fullerton (Big West), Lamar (Southland), VCU (CAA), UMBC (America East)

15: Cornell (Ivy League), Morgan State (MEAC), Portland State (Big Sky), American (Patriot)

16: Mount St. Mary’s (Northeast) vs. Jackson State (SWAC) in play-in game, Murray State (OVC), Cleveland State (Horizon League), Arkansas State (Sun Belt)


Some of these teams have big wins already as of Nov. 23. Some may not even have a win yet (Jackson State as of now). 

Regardless, maybe it was fun for you to just take a look at. Maybe I'll check back in March and see how many of the 65 tournament teams I predicted correctly.