It is less than eight weeks until Selection Sunday, and the first bracket of the season is up. It is always wild and woolly at the bottom, and with 37 At-large teams and it being January and all, it is even wilder and woollier than it will be closer to Selection Sunday.
At the bottom, I took teams like Northwestern, Stanford, Xavier, Florida State, Marshall, BYU, Denver, NC State, New Mexico, and Minnesota over a host of others too long to list out. That said, Saint Joseph's, Texas, LSU, Ohio, and UCF were right there.
An full-color Lockbox is on deck for tomorrow, with the season's first "Bubble By the Numbers" post.
Multi-Bid Conference Breakdown
Big Ten (9): Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota
Big East (7): Syracuse, Georgetown, Seton Hall, UConn, West Virginia, Marquette, Louisville
ACC (5): Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida State, NC State
SEC (5): Kentucky, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Florida
Mountain West (4): UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, New Mexico
Big 12 (4): Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State
West Coast (3): St. Mary’s, Gonzaga, BYU
CUSA (3): Memphis, Southern Miss, Marshall
A-10 (3): Dayton, Temple, Xavier
Pac-12 (2): Cal, Stanford
Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Wichita State
Sun Belt (2): Middle Tennessee, Denver