The nation’s two remaining unbeatens, Michigan and Virginia, now hold the top two spots in this projection. Both will be challenged to keep those places in the coming days.
There are new No. 1 and 2 overall seeds in today’s projection.
With league play ramping up, it’s a time to look back at which conferences did the November and December work necessary to rack up high bid totals and who might be left in the lurch come Selection Sunday.
Even though Duke tops the first bracket of the new year, a trio of teams without the Blue Devils’ stock of NCAA crowns — Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia — join them on the top seed line. And they’re not the only fresh faces in contention for a national title.
A regularly updated list of the 2019-20 men’s college basketball season’s early season tournaments and neutral-site games, which will eventually include schedule and TV information. If you have any additions, email them to bloggingthebracket at gmail dot com or tweet them to me @ChrisDobbertean.
A regularly updated list of the 2018-19 men's college basketball season's early season tournaments and neutral-site games, which will eventually include schedule and TV information. If you have any additions, email them to bloggingthebracket at gmail dot com or tweet them to me @ChrisDobbertean.
You’ll be able to find each conference’s post in this series here.
The ACC offers up one great example of non-conference scheduling this year and several more that need a significant amount of work.
Once again, the bottom of the league scheduled like it has no interest in pushing the league toward more consistent recognition as a power conference.
Nine of the conference’s 10 teams have non-league slates that rank among the top 150 in the country—an impressive total for a power conference.
When looking at this season’s non-league slates, the Big East’s powers largely did what they needed to do, but the conference’s bottom-feeders could be left in the lurch come March if they improve as much as expected.
Stop the presses! The Big Ten didn’t do a horrible job of scheduling for November and December this season.
After exiting last March’s festivities, the conference is largely setting itself up for more disappointment this spring based on some of these schedules.
The majority of the league’s coaches aren’t taking kindly to the "football league" epithet being thrown their way and are showing their displeasure by beefing up their non-conference scheduling.
While UMBC made history in last March’s NCAA Tournament, it’s perennial league power Vermont that built the best non-league slate for this season—and it wasn’t particularly close.
As usual, defending A 10 Tournament champ Davidson will challenge itself during November and December, as will VCU and Saint Joe’s. But while preseason favorite Saint Louis built a decent slate, George Mason didn’t really prepare itself for a title (or at-large) challenge.