Last week I gave you the SEC hoops breakdown, now it's time for the national scope.
Here is the first edition of 2012-13 FWtCT Bracketology:
(Teams in bold are conference champions/auto-bids)
Last four in: Oklahoma St, Stanford, Arkansas, UMass
First four out: Ole Miss, Iowa, Marshall, BYU
Advancing to the Final Four: Louisville, Kansas, Indiana, UNLV
National Champion: Louisville
Bids by conference:
Atlantic AWESOME. Obviously the A-10 getting six bids seems like a huge stretch in most years, but this isn't most years. The A-10 is stacked, and while six bids may be ambitious I see that league with no fewer than four bids.
The Mizzou Factor. Missouri entering the SEC give the league a RPI and respect boost. I wouldn't be shocked to see Ole Miss grab a seventh bid for the conference.
Bid Thief. The Ohio Valley conference tournament will be played in Nashville, Belmont's backyard. Murray State may win the regular season crown, but I think Belmont takes the tourney title, and both teams get into the Big Dance.
In case you were wondering about my credentials, I don't really have any. I just really love college hoops. Here are my final bracket projections from the last two years.
2011 (65 of 68 picks). 54 of 65 picks were within one seed-line.
2012 (67 of 68 picks) . Iona was my lone snub.
Check back for bracket updates every couple of weeks until conference play, and then I'll update on a weekly basis.