Early, Early NCAA Bracket Thoughts.
Here are CBS's Sportsline's latest projections by seed:
A few thoughts:
I understand that Gonzaga has earned a #2 seed, but I don't expect them to make it out of the first weekend--again. Any team that can slow down All-American Adam Morrison has a great chance to take the Zags out.
I really, really like Ohio State. They have a wonderful combination of inside and outside talent, and I think Thad Matta is doing an excellent job there. Consider them strongly in your brackets.
I can't get my arms around the idea of the Missouri Valley Conference possibly having five teams (and without Southern Illinois) while the ACC only has four. I can't believe that Missouri State, Northern Iowa, and Bradley are all better than Florida State, the fifth ACC team.
The Big 12 is REALLY down this year. How much of Kansas' recent hot streak is due to their improvement and how much is a factor of them beating up a weak conference? Can you believe that the Colonial Athletic Association could have as many teams in the field as the Big 12? Parity--get used to it.
If George Mason makes the field, which seems likely, that will join George Washington and Georgetown as the third team from the Washington, DC area in the field. That would officially make Maryland the fourth best team in the area, a long way to fall from a national championship only four years ago.
Gregg Doyel's projections have nine mid-major schools earning at-large bids (counting Conference USA). It will be interesting to see if their performance in the tournament will justify the selections.