As a new basketball season draws ever closer, it's time to take a stab at a preseason bracket. We all know this exercise is wildly inaccurate and in fact, I can't remember a time over my 25 years of doing this that I have ever looked back at the end of the season to see how my preseason bracket looked.
But it is fun to see where teams fit in the "power" structure and of course, it's always fun to see where the Jays may shake out.
The college scandal did have some effect on my rankings. Arizona could have well been a one seed and Louisville certainly would have been on the top four seed lines. Who knows what lies ahead for these schools in the coming months when the NCAA gets involved.
So here is the preseason bracket for 2017-18.
*donates automatic bid
15-Long Beach St.*
13-New Mexico St.*
11-Middle Tenn. St.*
Last four in-Clemson, Creighton, St. Bonaventure, Marquette
First four out-Texas Tech, Butler, Missouri, Texas A+M
Next four out-Kansas St., San Diego St, UConn, Iowa
Conferences with multiple bids-ACC-9, Big 10-7, Big 12-7, Big East-6, SEC-5, Pac 12-4, AAC-3, WCC-2, A 10-2