In Search of 68, Season Preview

You all know of my efforts–foolhardy or not–to predict the 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament in the past. Well, now my job got (ostensibly) harder this season, with the move to 68 teams. But rather than lament this new hindrance, I’ve embraced it. Here, for the first time ever, I’m trying to predict all 68 before the season even starts. Bold? You bet. Accurate? No way.

EAST SOUTH MIDWEST WEST
1 Duke Michigan State Ohio State Villanova
2 Pittsburgh Kansas State Missouri Washington
3 Baylor Temple North Carolina Kansas
4 Florida Georgetown Memphis Gonzaga
5 Illinois Tennessee Syracuse Purdue
6 Virginia Tech BYU San Diego State Butler
7 Kentucky Minnesota Richmond West Virginia
8 Marquette NC State Florida State Texas
9 UNLV Texas A&M Georgia Arizona
10 UCLA Maryland Mississippi State Wisconsin
11 Xavier St. John’s Notre Dame Vanderbilt
12 Murray State v. Washington State Old Dominion Wichita State Dayton v. Clemson
13 Utah State Morehead State Wofford Ohio
14 Stephen F. Austin Coastal Carolina Western Kentucky Weber State
15 Princeton Lehigh Lipscomb UC Santa Barbara
16 Fairfield Oakland v. Jackson State Boston U. v. Morgan State Quinnipiac

Last Five In: Vanderbilt, Murray State, Dayton, Clemson, Washington State

Last Five Out: Arizona State, Mississippi, Louisville, VCU, Seton Hall

  • I’m totally not sold on Villanova as a No. 1 seed, but I think the Wildcats or Pittsburgh can rack up a lot of wins in a weaker-than-usual Big East. Whoever wins the Big 12–and I uncommonly think that will be Missouri–will probably do so with three or four conference losses. It’s tough to grab a top seed that way.
  • I’m not exactly sure how the First Four is going to work in terms of bracket placement. This is an approximation. I have Murray State and Dayton winning those games, by the way.
  • In terms of AQs, I pretty much went with the favorites. I can admit I don’t have personal feelings on who is going to come out of the America East this season.
  • The low-major conference to watch, though, is definitely the Ohio Valley, which has Murray State–who lost by two to Butler in last year’s second round–and Morehead State–which returns do-everything forward Kenneth Faried–as excellent teams that could make some noise if they crack the 68.
  • My Elite Eight from this: Duke over Baylor (AGAIN!), Michigan State over Kansas State, Missouri over Ohio State, Butler over Gonzaga
  • Upsets: Old Dominion over Tennessee, Morehead State over Georgetown, Murray State over Illinois, Xavier over Virginia Tech, Dayton over Purdue, West Virginia over Washington, BYU over Temple, Butler over Kansas, Gonzaga over Villanova
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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John S on November 13, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    “I can admit I don’t have personal feelings on who is going to come out of the America East this season.” And you call yourself a college basketball fan? Go Bearcats!

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  2. Wow dude, you got all the college info! I’m lazy and only start paying attention half way through the season…

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  3. […] This bracket includes 47 of the 68 teams I predicted at the start of the season. […]

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  4. […] Not only did I nail that Clemson would make the field unexpectedly before the season, but I also had them in a play-in game! There has been much gnashing of teeth over the selection of UAB, and with good reason. The Tigers […]

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