Is it too early to speculate who will make the NCAA tournament? Who will be the top seeds? What will the great matchups be? Heck, yes, it is, but who cares? It’s still fun.
This bracket is done the same way I do the ones that you’ll see as we get into the season, except for two things: there is no RPI data to base anything on, and I didn’t make an effort to avoid things like regular season rematches. However, some things you can always count on. Death, Taxes, Seth Greenberg getting his heart broken.
I took a few fliers on conference tournament upset winners. Included among those are Indiana St, which did it last year, and Butler, which figures to take a step back toward the pack this year.
Another thing I didn't do, and the committee doesn't do, is put juicy matchups together. I do have Michigan St-Detroit and a possible Purdue-Notre Dame game, but I didn't even realize I did that until I put the teams in the bracket.
I think we'll all be surprised if three of those top four seeds aren't there come March. North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio St look almost unassailable, barring injury, suspension or the return of Larry Drew, Jr. The fourth one could be up for grabs. I like the Big East champ, which I peg as Syracuse, but certainly UConn will figure heavy in that chase.
You don't like the bracket, fire away. If you do like it, let us know that too.