This wasn't the weakest bubble ever - it was as weak as it had been the past few years - but there are a lot of average teams that'll be dancing this week.
I said for a few weeks that while North Carolina might have the talent of a No. 1 seed, the Tar Heels' resume and overall body of work is that of a No. 2 seed. Kansas, despite a Big XII semifinals loss, has a better resume than most and should be a No. 1 seed. I had the winner of Michigan State/Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament as the last No. 1 seed, which the Spartans claimed, 68-64 over the Buckeyes.
Missouri, despite a 30-4 record and a Big XII Tournament title, had a terrible nonconference schedule and lost both regular season matchups to Kansas. Why would a conference tournament title (with wins over Texas and Baylor) erase those two games and the rest of the season?
Below is my final projection: We'll see how it stacks up to Joey Brackets and Jerry "I still have Northwestern in the field" Palm.
LAST FOUR IN: BYU, South Florida, Drexel, Seton Hall
FIRST SEVEN OUT: Iona, NC State, Miami, Mississippi State, Washington, Arizona, Northwestern.
NOTES: was pulling for Iona, but when was the last time the MAAC got two bids (especially when the champ usually is no better than No. 13 or No. 14 seed? It just won't happen. I do think Drexel, being left out is a major possibility. But, winning 19-straight games is a tough task and losing to VCU in an underrated conference in the tournament finals is nothing to slouch about.
All things said, this is going to be an awesome March.