Projecting the Field
OK, OK, it is time to get out the chalkboard and help out the NCAA selection committee. Those members have a tough job, and I want to give them an early list, baby! I sat down and figured out the 65 teams that I believe will be dancing come March Madness. It is not an easy task as expectations, expectations, expectations can weigh heavy on a team. Injuries can take their toll. Plus you know there will be a handful of upsets in the conference tournaments.
I went on a limb in a lot of cases. Save this and compare it to the real thing come March. I hope it is awesome with a capital A! If not, it was fun trying to figure it out.
Here is a look at Dickie V's preseason projection for the 2009 field of 65 at the big dance:
|Dick Vitale's NCAA Tournament Teams|
|Atlantic 10||2||Xavier, Temple|
|ACC||6||North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson|
|Big East||9||Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Connecticut, Notre Dame, W. Virginia, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse|
|Big 12||6||Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M, Missouri|
|Big Ten||4||Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio St., Michigan St.|
|Big West||1||Cal State-Northridge|
|MVC||2||Creighton, Southern Illinois|
|Mountain West||2||UNLV, BYU|
|Northeast||1||Mt. St. Mary's|
|Pac-10||5||UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Washington|
|SEC||5||Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, LSU|
|Summit||1||North Dakota St.|
|Sun Belt||1||Arkansas-Little Rock|
|WCC||2||Gonzaga, St. Mary's|
On the fringe: Providence, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Auburn, Washington State, San Diego.