Monday, March 03, 2008
NCAA Tournament Projections, 3/3/08
In less than two weeks, 65 Division I men's basketball coaches will be happy, and 276 coaches will be planning for next year (or looking for another job). Sunday, March 16 is Selection Sunday, or Christmas for basketball junkies. That is when the field of 65 teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament will be announced.
The bracket, as always, is in a state of flux. North Carolina is currently projected as the #1 seed in the tournament. That can and probably will change. The projected results of the tournament are not as important at this point as the predicted field.
The bubble is getting more and more crowded. A lot of teams can still play their way into the tournament.
Among teams that barely missed this week's bracket, but still have a chance: Arizona (it's not enough to play tough teams-you have to beat them as well), New Mexico, Minnesota, Ohio State, St. Joseph's, Houston
Some teams that barely made it, and need to hustle to stay in the bracket: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas State, UAB
Click on the graphic to see this week's projected field. Seeds are based loosely on current polls and the version of the Ratings Percentage Index used at CBSsportsline.com.