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It's time folks, November Madness is HERE!! So now I offer up my predictions for the year, so we can all laugh at them later.

Based on my bracket below, I'm going to pick Kentucky, Duke, Louisville and Gonzaga, yes, Gonzaga, as my final 4. I think Kentucky wins it all, or Duke, depending on chemistry issues at both schools. Many predict Kentucky to go undefeated, I'm not one of those. With Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Louisville and UCLA all on the non-con schedule, plus an improved SEC, I think this will be tough. Not impossible, but unlikely.

More predictions/thoughts:

Cinderella watch will be on for Harvard, Georgia St., Toledo and Louisiana Tech. I think at least one of those misses the tourney but does well in the NIT. Not Harvard though.

As it stands now, there are really only 2 power conferences, with possibly a 3rd (or 4th) having a say. Big 10 and ACC will dominate the at-large bids, Big 12 and possibly PAC 12 could nudge some out.

The days of mid-majors securing a handful of at-large bids may be over. I have 2 in for now as at-larges, but don't be surprised if it's less than that.

The Big East could be a 1-bid league this year. Let that sink in.

I do think SMU will get it's 1st bid in forever, and make some noise, barring any unexpected suspensions or injuries.

This years freshman class is solid, but I don't expect it to be as solid as last years.

Don't expect a repeat champion, and don't be surprised to see a final four team from the 6-9 seed range.

The AP player of the year will come from the ACC.

Keep an eye on Utah. And Miami, Fla. And Nebraska. And Oklahoma. And Stanford.

Did Memphis really lose an exhibition to a D-2 school not predicted to win their own conference? Hope that doesn't carry over into the regular season for them. If it does, is Josh Pastner on the hot seat?

How well can Bruce Pearl do in his first year at Auburn? Don't be surprised to see them in the tourney.

I'm pulling for Northwestern to end the curse, or whatever they call it in the Chicago area. "Curse" may be relegated only to the Cubs.

Will be interested to see how Wichita St. handles things this year after the tremendous regular season last year. They are a fun team to watch!

I'm not sold on Florida this year.

It's go time folks, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Last updated 11/13/2014 07:00 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East-Syracuse Midwest - Cleveland South - Houston West - Los Angeles
1 Kentucky   Wisconsin   Duke   Arizona  
2 UNC   Texas   Kansas   Virginia  
3 Wichita St   Louisville   Florida   Gonzaga  
4 Villanova   UConn   Michigan St   Oklahoma  
5 SMU   Colorado   Iowa St   SDSU  
6 VCU   Syracuse   Ohio St   Nebraska  
7 Kansas St   Michigan   Minnesota   Stanford  
8 Pitt   Utah   UCLA   Iowa  
9 Dayton   George Washington   UNLV   Memphis  
10 Notre Dame   Georgetown   Miami, Fla   Xavier  
11 Illinois   Georgia   Harvard   Arkansas  
12 LA Tech   Florida St./Seton Hall   Georgia St   N. Iowa/BYU  
13 Iona   Toledo   Green Bay   SFA  
14 Murray St.   American   New Mexico St   UC Irvine  
15 Wofford   C Carolina   NC Central   Denver  
16 Stony Brook/Weber St   Texas Southern/Robert Morris   Northeastern   FGCU  
                 
Last 4 in - Florida St., Seton Hall, BYU, N. Iowa  
First 4 out - Maryland, NC State, UTEP, Indiana  
Others considered - Auburn, New Mexico, Tulsa, LSU, Texas A&M, Clemson, Marquette, Baylor, UMass, Providence, Cincinnati, St. Johns, California, Alabama, Missouri, Missouri St., Wake Forest, St. Louis, St. Joe's, Northwestern, Colorado St., S. Carolina, S Miss  
Moving in -   
Moving out  
No longer considered -   
Multi bid conferences - ACC - 9, Big 10 - 8, Big 12 - 5, PAC 12 - 5, Big East - 4, SEC - 4, AAC - 3, A-10 - 3,  MVC - 2, MWC - 2, WCC - 2   
Conference leaders from projected 1-bid conferences are chosen for that conference - One-bid leagues (21):  America East - Stony Brook, Atlantic Sun - FGCU, Big South - Coastal Carolina, Big Sky - Weber St., Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - Northeastern, CUSA - LA Tech, Horizon - Green Bay, Ivy - Harvard, MAAC - Iona, Mid-American - Toledo, MEAC - NC Central, NEC - Robert Morris, Ohio Valley - Murray St., Patriot - Patriot, Southern - Wofford, Southland - SFA, Summit - Denver, Sun Belt - Georgia St., SWAC - Texas Southern, WAC - New Mexico St.,  
                 
Banned from participating - Wisc-Milwaukee, San Jose St., Alabama St., App St., Fla A&M, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Central Ark.  
Conferences above in bold are getting one bid regardless of the conference tournament outcome
Teams in Blue are IN the tournament.
Teams in Black are LOCKS for the tournament as of today (Bold faced for 1-bid leagues - league leader chosen for now) 
Teams in Red are on the bubble or have work left to do

 


Bracket

Midwest   South
Columbus   Charlotte
1 Wisconsin   1 Duke
16 Texas Southern/Robert Morris   16 Northeastern
8 Utah   8 UCLA
9 George Washington   9 UNLV
Seattle   Columbus
5 Colorado   5 Iowa St
12 Florida St./Seton Hall   12 Georgia St
13 Toledo   13 Green Bay
4 UConn   4 Michigan St
Jacksonville   Pittsburgh
3 Louisville   3 Florida
14 American   14 New Mexico St
6 Syracuse   6 Ohio St
11 Georgia   11 Harvard
Omaha   Omaha
10 Georgetown   10 Miami, Fla
7 Michigan   7 Minnesota
15 C Carolina   15 NC Central
2 Texas   2 Kansas
         
East   West
Louisville   Portland
1 Kentucky   1 Arizona
16 Stony Brook/Weber St   16 FGCU
8 Pitt   8 Iowa
9 Dayton   9 Memphis
Pittsburgh   Portland
5 SMU   5 SDSU
12 LA Tech   12 N. Iowa/BYU
13 Iona   13 SFA
4 Villanova   4 Oklahoma
Louisville   Seattle
3 Wichita St   3 Gonzaga
14 Murray St.   14 UC Irvine
6 VCU   6 Nebraska
11 Illinois   11 Arkansas
Charlotte   Jacksonville
10 Notre Dame   10 Xavier
7 Kansas St   7 Stanford
15 Wofford   15 Denver
2 UNC   2 Virginia

Match-ups
Seed East-Syracuse Midwest - Cleveland South - Houston West - Los Angeles
1 Kentucky Wisconsin Duke Arizona
16 Stony Brook/Weber St Texas Southern/Robert Morris Northeastern FGCU
8 Pitt Utah UCLA Iowa
9 Dayton George Washington UNLV Memphis
12 LA Tech Florida St./Seton Hall Georgia St N. Iowa/BYU
5 SMU Colorado Iowa St SDSU
13 Iona Toledo Green Bay SFA
4 Villanova UConn Michigan St Oklahoma
3 Wichita St Louisville Florida Gonzaga
14 Murray St. American New Mexico St UC Irvine
6 VCU Syracuse Ohio St Nebraska
11 Illinois Georgia Harvard Arkansas
10 Notre Dame Georgetown Miami, Fla Xavier
7 Kansas St Michigan Minnesota Stanford
15 Wofford C Carolina NC Central Denver
2 UNC Texas Kansas Virginia

 

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, IM me on Yahoo IM (texasbluedevil69), facebook, or post a message on the message board.  Please note this is for entertainment purposes only. I'm not affiliated with Bracketology from ESPN or any other projection service.  And yes, W.A.G. stands for Wild Ass Guess.  Thanks and enjoy.

 

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