An Early Look At Bracketeering
With February fading into the past college basketball takes center stage as the madness is about to ensue. We're all about to be bombarded with talk of bracketology, bubble teams and bid thieves. So I'll throw in my two cents worth on the landscape of college basketball with a look at who is a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, who's likely to get in and who's got some work to do.
As I see it there are 27 teams that are locks to make the NCAA Tournament and those 27 teams come from 11 different conferences. That means there will be anywhere between seven and 18 at-large bids available for bubble teams. Adding to the zaniness of this year it appears there are more locks from the Atlantic Ten then the ACC. Indeed, the ACC and the Big East will be two conference tournaments to watch next week.
Locks: Xavier, Richmond, Temple, Duke, Maryland, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Butler, Northern Iowa, BYU, New Mexico, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga
Probables: Rhode Island, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Illinois, UAB, UTEP, San Diego State, Florida, St. Mary's
On The Bubble: Dayton, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Old Dominion, Marshall, Memphis, Tulsa, Siena, UNLV, Arizona State, Washington, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Utah State