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Fan Committee: Preseason Fan Bracket complete

64-thumbAs a fun and educational project, 10 college basketball fans – and Bracketville followers – were given the opportunity to build a preseason bracket by engaging many of the same procedures used by the Selection Committee.  Since Fan Committee members were located throughout the country, and not in the same room, we used e-mail for nominations and voting.  A few minor adjustments were made to facilitate the process.

Overall, it was a great success.  It took about three weeks to complete.  We started with the selection of 36 at-large teams and then completed the seed list and bracketing.  Mock conference tournament results were provided. Although the actual Selection Committee often works on seeding and selection at the same time, we chose to take it step-by-step given the set-up.

During the process, a few curve-balls were thrown at the Fan Committee to simulate potential scenarios.  However, knowing this was a preseason exercise, we kept those to a minimum.  What you’ll find below is the culmination of their work – based on consensus of nominations/voting.

Here is how the completed bracket came together.

PRESEASON FAN COMMITTEE BRACKET  |  Posted November 18, 2014

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Florida State vs. Northern Iowa Midwest Region
  • New Mexico vs. Cincinnati | West Region
  • ST. FRANCIS (NY) vs. E. WASHINGTON South Region
  • STONY BROOK vs. ARKANSAS-PB Midwest Region

FAN BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWEST – Cleveland                     SOUTH Houston
Louisville Charlotte
1) KENTUCKY 1) DUKE
16) STONY BROOK / ARK-PB 16) ST. FRANCIS / E. WASH
8) UCLA 8) Stanford
9) BYU 9) Arkansas
Seattle Louisville
5) Oklahoma 5) Ohio State
12) Florida State / No. Iowa 12) New Mexico / Cincinnati
4) Michigan State 4) WICHITA STATE
13) IONA 13) MURRAY STATE
Omaha Seattle
6) SMU 6) Syracuse
11) St. John’s 11) Xavier
3) Texas 3) GONZAGA
14) S.F. AUSTIN 14) NEW MEXICO ST
Columbus Omaha
7) Colorado 7) Nebraska
10) Illinois 10) LSU
2) Louisville 2) KANSAS
15) NORTHEASTERN 15) FLA GULF COAST
EAST – Syracuse WEST – Los Angeles                       
Charlotte Portland
1) WISCONSIN 1) ARIZONA
16) CO. CAROLINA 16) ORAL ROBERTS
8) Pittsburgh 8) Georgetown
9) Baylor 9) Minnesota
Pittsburgh Seattle
5) CONNECTICUT 5) SAN DIEGO ST
12) TOLEDO 12) UTEP
4) VCU 4) Iowa State
13) GEORGIA STATE 13) UC-IRVINE
Pittsburgh Jacksonville
6) Utah 6) Michigan
11) Dayton 11) UNLV
3) VILLANOVA 3) Virginia
14) CLEVELAND STATE 14) WOFFORD
Charlotte Jacksonville
7) Iowa 7) Kansas State
10) HARVARD 10) Memphis
2) North Carolina 2) Florida
15) AMERICAN 15) NC-CENTRAL
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