NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Projecting the March Madness Field at Week 17
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
The March Madness tournament field is starting to take a more concrete shape with less than 400 hours remaining until Selection Sunday.
Several conference tournaments will be tipping off in less than a week.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re a high-ranking team just trying to survive the February grind.
After barely escaping Vanderbilt with a win on Tuesday night, Florida head coach Billy Donovan told reporters, “We’re not an overly talented team, we’re just not. And what these guys have done up to this point in time it really has been pretty remarkable in my opinion.”
Not exactly what you expect to hear about the team that many were thinking just a week or two ago might be the favorite to win it all. Florida is still a No. 1 seed this week, but they ceded the overall No. 1 seed back to Arizona.
At the other end of the field, Arkansas, BYU and Florida State joined the field this week, replacing Missouri, St. John’s and Tennessee—as those falling bubble teams had a combined record of 1-5 in the past seven days.
In recapping the rest of the projected field, we’ll start at the bottom by looking at the last five teams to be included and excluded from the field. We will also take a look at five teams that aren’t quite deserving of being in the tournament discussion but are creeping onto the radar.
After that, we’ll present each seeded region, including the sub-regional locations in which each pod would be played and some commentary on select teams. Then it’s the ranking of the No. 1 seeds, followed by a summary of the entire field broken up by conference.
Win-loss records on the following slides exclude games played against opponents not in D-I and are current through the start of play on Friday, Feb. 28. All Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings (via ESPN) and KenPom (KP) rankings (via KenPom.com) are current through the start of play on Thursday, Feb 27.