While this is the first Deuce2Sports projected bracket posted this college basketball season, this is more certainly not the first time we've scrubbed through resumes and stacked teams up against one another.
Here is where things stand through Sunday, February 25 games:
It seems like a foregone conclusion Villanova, Kansas and UNC will be No. 1 seeds in some order. All three are regular season conference champions and have sparkling resumes. You'll be hardpressed to find another team that, even if it runs the table and claims a conference tournament championship, would have the overall body of work to knock the above-mentioned trio off the top line.
The bottom, as it is every year, is pretty ugly. We're actually talking about 15-13 (Vanderbilt) and 14-14 (Clemson) teams being not only on the bubble but with decent cases to be in the Field of 68. That's insane. It doesn't mean the bubble is worse this year than ever (it's not), it just means there are more mediocre teams 26-50 this year. Case in point: Maryland, which was a sizzling 20-2 at end of January is now 22-7 and a few people have suggested the NIT could be in the discussion if the Terrapins lose out to close the season.
As it stands now, there are still a slew of teams with legit Final Four aspirations and many others hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. Of course, you can't catch lightning if you're in the NIT.
LAST FOUR BYES: Arkansas, California, Marquette, Providence
LAST FOUR IN: USC, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt
FIRST FOUR OUT: Rhode Island, Wake Forest, Kansas State, Illinois
NEXT FOUR OUT: TCU, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Indiana