Call it August Madness, Christmas come early or, perhaps, the Audacity of Hoop.
When it comes to the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, we just can’t wait.
It’s a mere eight months til copiers around the nation will be whirring with the best bets of bracketeers from coast to coast. Selection Sunday is March 14.
The greatest four weeks in sports tips off in Dayton, Ohio on March 16 with an opening-round game determining who gets a chance to dance in earnest. The party culminates with the Final Four in Indianapolis on April 3 and the national championship game two days later. Syracuse (East), Salt Lake City (West), St. Louis (Midwest) and Houston (South) will play host to regionals March 25-28.
Sure, the pads are already popping in anticipation of college football kicking off as Labor Day approaches. But for those hungry for a hoops fix here’s our projection of the field for the tournament, complete with seedings.
We’ve got repeat national semifinalists in Michigan State and Villanova, along with restocked Kansas and Kentucky as our four No. 1 seeds.
Enjoy our early glance into the future of the field and feel free to interject with your comments.
Photos: (Getty Images) Kansas: Sherron Collins. Villanova: Scottie Reynolds. Kentucky: Patrick Patterson. Michigan State: Kalin Lucas.