Welcome to bracket week. Selection Sunday is less than a week away, and college basketball takes center stage as teams compete for a berth or better seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
Today begins a daily series on the projected tournament field, with seeds included. Remember, eight teams will be sent to Dayton, Ohio, for preliminary round games early next week, so the field is 68.
Here’s our best guess. For now:
1: Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, Villanova
2: Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Syracuse
3: Duke, Virginia, San Diego State, Creighton
4: Iowa State, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Louisville
5: Michigan State, Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Ohio State
6: Connecticut, Texas, Virginia Commonwealth, UCLA
7: New Mexico, Memphis, Kentucky, Massachusetts
8: Oregon, George Washington, Kansas State, Arizona State
9: Gonzaga, Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU
10: Iowa, Colorado, Saint Joseph’s, Stanford
11: Xavier, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Dayton
12: Brigham Young, Arkansas, Tennessee, Summit champ, Harvard, Conference USA champ
13: Delaware, Iona, Mid-American champ, Southland champ,
14: Mercer, Big West champ, Boston U., Georgia State
15: Horizon champ, Mid-Eastern champ, Northeast champ, Eastern Kentucky
16: America East champ, Big Sky champ, Coastal Carolina, Wofford, SWAC champ, WAC champ
Moving in Monday: Delaware, Manhattan, Wofford.
Moving up Monday: Gonzaga, BYU.
Moving down Monday: none.
Last four in: BYU, Arkansas, Tennessee, Dayton
First four out: Providence, Minnesota, California, St. John’s
Tuesday’s key games: Mount St. Mary’s vs. Robert Morris (Northeast title game); Milwaukee vs. Wright State (Horizon title game); North Dakota State vs. IP-Fort Wayne (Summit title game); Gonzaga vs. San Francisco or Brigham Young (West Coast title game).
Multi-team conferences: Big Twelve 7, Big Ten 6, Atlantic Ten 6, Pac Twelve 6, ACC 5, American 5, SEC 4, Big East 3, Mountain West 2, West Coast 2.
Single-team conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC.