Who says November is too early to start looking ahead to the March Madness Field of 68?
With a bunch of early-season tournaments completed and a top-ranked team already going down, I think we have enough information to start slotting teams into seed lines.
As always, I am not trying to guess how teams will finish the year. I am simply seeding them based on their current résumés.
I like to break teams down into three categories:
1. Wallflowers are bubble teams because everyone wants to get into the Big Dance, but not all have the guts to ask a girl out onto the dance floor.
2. Elite teams that are safely in the field are Dancing with a Hottie.
3. In the middle are the schools that are Dancing with their Sister.
Last year, I had the most accurate bracket projections in the country, correctly predicting 67 of 68 teams and once again finishing way ahead of ESPN's Joe Lunardi.
I'll begin with the two First Four at-large bid games:
(12a) Virginia Tech vs. (12b) Indiana
(13a) Stanford vs. (13b) Missouri State
First 10 teams out: Notre Dame, Auburn, Marshall, Tulane, Minnesota, Richmond, Virginia, Villanova, West Virginia, Cincinnati
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with each major conference receiving its own slide. First up is the ACC.