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January 2 Bracket: Syracuse leads Countdown to Selection Sunday

Welcome to 2012:  Time to renew our Countdown to Selection Sunday.  Today begins our weekly journey toward the Field of 68 and March Madness.   I’m grateful for a continued partnership with NBC Sports.  You can find our bracket projections, bubble banter, and some of our inside the bracket features at Beyond the Arc, too.  With that, let’s take a peek into our first bracket of 2012 …

Conference play will help separate the pretenders and contenders.  Right now, the difference between seed lines and even our final IN and OUT selections is minimual – splitting hairs, really.  What we do have is a starting point.  Several teams in the current bracket will likey play their way out.  Others will move up and in.  Everything is fluid.

January 2 – Bracket Projection

Schedule of key games this week

Team Capsules for key wins/losses

Today’s No. 1 seeds are Syracuse (East), Kentucky (South), North Carolina (Midwest), and Ohio State (West).  We can argue the order, but no one will be surprised to see those four at the top of a regional in March.  Duke and Baylor are next in line.  Several others could push their way into contention.  We’ll have to see how it plays out over the next month.

The Big Ten has nine teams in this bracket, although seven or eight are more realistic in March.  While the strength of the conference (Big Ten is No. 1 in the RPI) will help, there are too many variables to think 9 of 12 teams will end up in the field.  Of course, that all depends on what happens elsewhere.  Will we have a surprise team in the Big 12, ACC or SEC claim an extra spot or two.  There will also be upsets in conference tournaments.  Leagues to watch for extra bids include the Missouri Valley, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, and the West Coast.

Thanks for your interest and let’s enjoy our ride to Selection Sunday.

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