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Brad-ketology: The Inaugural 2017 Edition

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With football season officially over, it’s time to start dreaming about March.  Which means it’s also time for me to publish my first edition of Brad-ketology for the 2017 season (my personal NCAA/NIT bracket projections).  For the eighth consecutive season, this column will become the staple of my blog from now until Selection Sunday.   Brad-ketology is a little different than other NCAA bracket projections in that it is much more expansive, as it also includes the NIT field and bubble.  Furthermore, it is one of the columns used in the nationally-recognized bracket project which seeds NCAA teams by taking an average of the most prominent bracket projections in the country.  As you will see here, my bracket projection has been the 27th most accurate  amongst the 88 nationally recognized veteran bracketologists.  That’s not too bad considering I am ahead of the chief bracketologists for Yahoo, SI, and CBS.

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to the best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.  For example, my bracket projection currently has Baylor earning the automatic bid from the Big 12 even though they are currently 2nd in the league standings behind Kansas.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will typically be published twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays) and more often than that when it gets closer to tourney time.  Please feel free to comment or debate.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Villanova, Baylor, Kentucky, Kansas

2-seeds: Gonzaga, North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville

3-seeds: Creighton, UCLA, Butler, Virginia

4-seeds: Arizona, Notre Dame, Duke, West Virginia

5-seeds: Florida, Oregon, Wisconsin, Cincinnati

6-seeds: Purdue, Xavier, Maryland, South Carolina

7-seeds: Minnesota, St. Mary’s, Indiana, SMU

8-seeds: Northwestern, Dayton, Southern California, Virginia Tech

9-seeds: Michigan State, Clemson, Pittsburgh, VCU

10-seeds: Seton Hall, Middle Tennessee, Kansas State, Marquette

11-seeds: TCU, Arkansas, Iowa State, Miami-FL, Texas Tech, Wake Forest

12-seeds: UNC-Wilmington, Illinois State, Valpo, Akron

13-seeds: Nevada, Monmouth, Chattanooga, New Mexico State

14-seeds: Vermont, Belmont, Winthrop, North Dakota State

15-seeds: Bucknell, Georgia Southern, Florida Gulf Coast, Texas Southern

16-seeds: Princeton, UC Irvine, New Orleans, Weber State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: California, Georgia, Illinis, Providence

2-seeds: Rhode Island, Michigan, UNC Wilmington, Houston

3-seeds: Illinois State, NC State, Stanford, Valpo

4-seeds: Georgia Tech, Akron, Wichita State, Nevada

5-seeds: Ole Miss, Utah, La Salle, Memphis

6-seeds: Monmouth, Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama

7-seeds: Boise State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Auburn

8-seeds: Texas A & M, Chattanooga, New Mexico, New Mexico State

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Fresno State, College of Charleston, Temple, Georgetown, UCF

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