Preseason Bracketology

Tim Krueger, Editor
Bluejay Banter

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

MIDWEST

Wichita

1-Kansas*

16-Fairfield*/Texas Southern*

8-Northwestern

9-Oregon

San Diego

4-Miami

13-Bucknell*

5-Wichita St.

12-Oakland*

Detroit

3-Notre Dame

14-Furman*

6-Wisconsin

11-Clemson/Marquette

Pittsburgh

2-Villanova*

15-UNC Asheville*

7-Gonzaga

10-Texas


WEST

Nashville

1-Kentucky*

16-Kent St.*

8-TCU

9-Virginia

Dallas

4-Florida St.

13-Charleston*

5-Michigan

12-Nevada*

Wichita

3-Purdue

14-FGCU*

6-St. Marys*

11-St. Bonaventure/Creighton

San Diego

2-Arizona*

15-Long Beach St.*

7-SMU

10-Maryland


SOUTH

Charlotte

1-Duke*

16-St. Francis*

8-Seton Hall

9-Alabama

Boise

4-Minnesota

13-New Mexico St.*

5-Baylor

12-Texas-Arlington*

Dallas

3-West Virginia

14-South Dakota*

6-Providence

11-Middle Tenn. St.*

Nashville

2-Florida

15-Lamar*

7-USC

10-Virginia Tech


EAST

Detroit

1-Michigan St.*

16-Idaho*/Norfolk St.*

8-Rhode Island*

9-Iowa St

Boise

4-Cincinnati*

13-Yale*

5-Louisville

12-Vermont*

Pittsburgh

3-Xavier

14-Belmont*

6-UCLA

11-Arkansas

Charlotte

2-North Carolina

15-Loyola-Chicago*

7-Oklahoma

10-Vanderbilt


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




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