We’ve finally hit 2016, and in terms of college basketball, that means two things. First, non-conference play has wrapped up, and conference play is underway. Second, the focus becomes more and more on resumes and bracketology as Selection Sunday in March gets closer and closer.
For those of you unfamiliar, bracketology is the “science” of predicting the 68 teams which will make the NCAA Tournament, a.k.a. “March Madness”. The most famous bracketologist is ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, while many others around the country, including myself, also make brackets.
Starting now, I will be releasing my latest bracketology every week, most likely on Sunday or Monday, as well as having weekly podcasts on the Top Level Sports Youtube Channel entitled “Bracket Breakdown”. During the podcast, I will explain some of the reasons for where teams are seeded in my bracket, answer any questions you may have (comment below if you do have a question you want answered), discuss important games and events in the college basketball world, and preview important matchups in the upcoming week.
A few bracket notes: orange teams are automatic bids to the tournament, while black teams are at-large bids. Since conference play has just started, for the month of January, the automatic bid for each conference will be given to the team with the best overall record in the conference. During February and March it will be the team with the best conference record.
Bids by Conference:
7 Bids: ACC, Big 12, Pac-12
6 Bids: B1G 10
5 Bids: Big East, SEC
3 Bids: American, Atlantic 10
2 Bids: West Coast
1 Bid: 23 Conferences
First Four Out:
Wichita St (MVC), Florida St (ACC), Alabama (SEC), UT Arlington (Sun Belt)
Next Four Out:
USC (Pac-12), Northwestern (B1G 10), Ole Miss (SEC), Wake Forest (ACC)