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Is it too early to start the hate? I think not! Below is my first bracket for the 2016-17 season. It's early, it's rough, I'm sure there are mistakes, but this is how I see it for now. I will revisit this after the NBA draft probably and for sure before the season starts. If you see any glaring mistakes or think a team not in should be, please email me.

PLEASE NOTE - My projections are based on at-large chances, so only conference leaders from 1-bid conferences are not placed in a First Four game.  Until a team wins the conference tournament, they are not officially a lock and can be placed in a First Four game or even out.

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The part above that is in bold - this is what I do. If you choose to use my picks to try and win your office pool, then it's your own fault for doing so. I stink when it comes to doing that and make no secret about it. Madness is Madness, it rules, and no one gets them all right.

Last updated 04/14/2016 09:39 AM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - New York Midwest - Kansas City South - Memphis West - San Jose
1 Duke   Villanova   Kentucky   Kansas  
2 Michigan State   Louisville   North Carolina   Oregon  
3 Xavier   Wisconsin   Indiana   Virginia  
4 West Virginia   Arizona   Texas   Syracuse  
5 Connecticut   Iowa State   Maryland   Oklahoma  
6 Miami   Gonzaga   UCLA   Seton Hall  
7 Florida State   Texas A&M   Purdue   Cincinnati  
8 Creighton   SMU   Notre Dame   USC  
9 Mississippi State   Rhode Island   Baylor   Saint Mary's  
10 Wichita State   Dayton   Butler   Virginia Tech  
11 Florida   Utah   Alabama/Saint Joseph's   VCU/Kansas State  
12 Old Dominion   Valparaiso   Monmouth   San Diego State  
13 Winthrop   UNC-Wilmington   Akron   Chattanooga  
14 Belmont   Princeton   UC Irvine   Vermont  
15 New Mexico State   Stephen F. Austin   Bucknell   South Dakota State  
16 Hampton/FGCU   Wagner/Texas Southern   Montana   Texas-Arlington  
                 
Last 4 in - Alabama, Saint Joseph's, VCU, Kansas State  
First 4 out - Ohio State, California, Iowa, Auburn  
Others considered for at-large bids (in no particular order) -  Georgia Tech, Houston, Temple, Tulsa, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Bonaventure, Marquette, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Proidence, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Evansville, Illinois State, Arkansas, UNLV, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford, Washington, BYU, Clemson, Nebraska, Colorado State, Northern Iowa, Boise State, Memphis, Georgia  
Moving In -   
Moving out  
No longer considered for at-large bid -   
Multi bid conferences - ACC (9), Big 12 (7), Big 10 (5), Big East (5), PAC 12 (5), SEC (5), A10 (4), AAC (3), WCC (2)  
Leaders or highest RPI from projected 1-bid conferences - (23 total)America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - FGCU, Big Sky - Montana, Big South - Winthrop, Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - UNC-Wilmington, C-USA - Old Dominion, Horizon - Valparaiso, Ivy - Princeton, MAAC - Monmouth, MAC - Akron, MEAC - Hampton, MVC - Wichita State, MWC - San Diego State, Northeast - Wagner, Ohio Valley - Belmont, Patriot - Bucknell, Southern - Chattanooga, Southland - Stephen F. Austin, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Texas-Arlington, WAC - New Mexico State  
Banned from participating - Hawaii, Southern Mississippi  
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney - Abilene Christian (Southland), Grand Canyon (WAC), Incarnate Word (Southland), Massachusetts-Lowell (American East)  
Teams in Blue are officially IN the tournament.
Teams in Black are LOCKS for the tournament as of today (Bold faced for 1-bid leagues - league leader or highest RPI chosen for now) 
Teams in Red are on the bubble or have work left to do

 


Bracket

East - New York     West - San Jose  
Greensboro   Tulsa
1 Duke     1 Kansas  
16 Hampton/FGCU     16 Texas-Arlington  
8 Creighton     8 USC  
9 Mississippi State     9 Saint Mary's  
Salt Lake City   Sacramento
5 Connecticut     5 Oklahoma  
12 Old Dominion     12 San Diego State  
13 Winthrop     13 Chattanooga  
4 West Virginia     4 Syracuse  
Orlando   Buffalo
3 Xavier     3 Virginia  
14 Belmont     14 Vermont  
6 Miami     6 Seton Hall  
11 Florida     11 VCU/Kansas State  
Milwaukee   Sacramento
10 Wichita State     10 Virginia Tech  
7 Florida State     7 Cincinnati  
15 New Mexico State     15 South Dakota State  
2 Michigan State     2 Oregon  
             
Midwest - Kansas City     South - Memphis  
Buffalo   Indianapolis
1 Villanova     1 Kentucky  
16 Wagner/Texas Southern     16 Montana  
8 SMU     8 Notre Dame  
9 Rhode Island     9 Baylor  
Salt Lake City   Tulsa
5 Iowa State     5 Maryland  
12 Valparaiso     12 Monmouth  
13 UNC-Wilmington     13 Akron  
4 Arizona     4 Texas  
Milwaukee   Indianapolis
3 Wisconsin     3 Indiana  
14 Princeton     14 UC Irvine  
6 Gonzaga     6 UCLA  
11 Utah     11 Alabama/Saint Joseph's  
Orlando   Greensboro
10 Dayton     10 Butler  
7 Texas A&M     7 Purdue  
15 Stephen F. Austin     15 Bucknell  
2 Louisville     2 North Carolina  

Match-ups
Seed East - New York Midwest - Kansas City South - Memphis West - San Jose
1 Duke   Villanova   Kentucky   Kansas  
16 Hampton/FGCU   Wagner/Texas Southern   Montana   Texas-Arlington  
8 Creighton   SMU   Notre Dame   USC  
9 Mississippi State   Rhode Island   Baylor   Saint Mary's  
12 Old Dominion   Valparaiso   Monmouth   San Diego State  
5 Connecticut   Iowa State   Maryland   Oklahoma  
13 Winthrop   UNC-Wilmington   Akron   Chattanooga  
4 West Virginia   Arizona   Texas   Syracuse  
3 Xavier   Wisconsin   Indiana   Virginia  
14 Belmont   Princeton   UC Irvine   Vermont  
6 Miami   Gonzaga   UCLA   Seton Hall  
11 Florida   Utah   Alabama/Saint Joseph's   VCU/Kansas State  
10 Wichita State   Dayton   Butler   Virginia Tech  
7 Florida State   Texas A&M   Purdue   Cincinnati  
15 New Mexico State   Stephen F. Austin   Bucknell   South Dakota State  
2 Michigan State   Louisville   North Carolina   Oregon  

These projections are based on how I think the committee will make their selections, not how I would want to make them, if the season ended TODAY.  If you have any questions or comments about these predictions, if you find any errors, or if you just want to talk hoops feel free to email me.  Please note this is for entertainment purposes only. Yes, W.A.G. stands for Wild Ass Guess.  Thanks and enjoy.

 

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