Here are Chris and Craig's Bracketology selections for the week of Jan. 17:
A reminder...we make more of a prediction then projection with this picks. You may be asking what is the difference. The other bracketologists out there make projections and tell you who they think would make the tournament if they picked the field today. We do a little bit of that in our picks but we also try to look ahead to March and predict what will happen. That is why we don't have 7 teams in from any major conferences and why we have given many small conferences two spots. That is how things will shake out come conference tourney time when there are upsets in conference tourney's and small conference powers who should be getting the automatic bids start stealing at-large spots. So its not realistic to give 7 conferences all 34 of the at-large bids because it simply will not happen. This is typically what many other bracketologists do and is a major reason why this site was started. Our picks are more realistic and give you better insight into what your team needs to do to make the tourney.
We welcome your comments and responses to our picks and we stand behind them (except for the small conferences-- we put little to no thought into the MEAC's and SWAC's of the college basketball world, but we will once their conference schedule progresses). Keep in mind that these picks were posted Jan. 17 and this week's will surely change them.
Conference Breakdown: ACC (6), Big East (6), Big XII (6), Big Ten (6), SEC (5), PAC-10 (5), C-USA (5), WAC (2), WCC (2)
Last Four In
Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Minnesota, UTEP
Last Four Out
NC State, West Virginia, UAB, Wichita St.
*Note - In the conferences where mulitple bids were given the first place team was given the automatic bid. In the case of a tie, overall record was the tie-breaker.
North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Miami, Maryland
Oklahoma St., Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt, UConn, Notre Dame, Georgetown
Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Cincinnati, Marquette, Louisville, Charlotte, DePaul
Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State
Kentucky, Miss. St., Alabama, Florida, Vanderbilt
Gonzaga, St. Mary's