Bracketology 402: How Did This Blog Reporter Predict The 68 Team Field Way Back When

Revisiting a small chunk from my blog dated November 6, 2013:

My Prediction of the 68 Schools That Will Receive Bids to the 2014 NCAA Tournament

“Rather than seed and bracket the teams, this will be a simple list by conference.  Each school that will receive multiple bids that has a * on it will be the conference tournament champion and thereby clinch one of the 32 Automatic Qualifier bids.”

Every school boldfaced and capitalized is CORRECT and ones that are in italics are wrong.


America East (1):  Vermont

ACC (10):  Boston College, DUKE, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), NORTH CAROLINA STATE, (wrong on tournament champion) * NORTH CAROLINA, Notre Dame, PITTSBURGH, VIRGINIA.

Atlantic Sun (1):  Florida Gulf Coast.

Atlantic 10 (2):  George Mason and * VCU (not conference postseason champion)

Big East (6):  Butler, CREIGHTON, Georgetown, Marquette, VILLANOVA, and XAVIER.

Big Sky (1):  WEBER STATE.

Big South (1):  Winthrop.

Big Ten (7):  Illinois, Indiana, MICHIGAN, * MICHIGAN STATE, Northwestern, OHIO STATE, and WISCONSIN

Big 12 (5):  BAYLOR, * KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS, and West Virginia.

Big West (1):  UC Irvine.

CAA: (1):  College of Charleston.

Conference USA (1):  UNC Charlotte.

Horizon League (1):  Valparaiso.

Ivy League (1):  HARVARD, the only league without a postseason tournament.

MAAC (1): Monmouth.

MAC (1):  Western Michigan.

MEAC (1):  HAMPTON (should have been in MAAC instead).

Missouri Valley (2):  Indiana State and * WICHITA STATE.

Mountain West (1):  UNLV.

NEC (1):  Fairleigh-Dickinson.

Ohio Valley (1):  Austin Peay, but look out for Belmont as well.

Pac 12 (4):  * ARIZONA, OREGON, UCLA, and Washington.

Patriot League (1):  Boston University.

SEC (3):  FLORIDA, * KENTUCKY (wrong on both counts), and TENNESSEE.

Southern (1):  Davidson.

Southland (1):  Northwestern State.

Summit League (1):  South Dakota State.

SWAC (1):  Southern.

Sun Belt (2):  South Alabama and * Western Kentucky.

West Coast (3): BYU, * GONZAGA, and St. Mary’s (Calif.).

Last Four In:  Northwestern, TENNESSEE, Indiana State, and South Alabama.

First Four Out:  Alabama, Dayton, Clemson, and Montana.


Final Result:  I had 33 out of the 68 for 48.53 percent accuracy.

On Monday, look for the tip times for games to be played Tuesday through Friday.  As in years past, the tip times for the first weekend will be determined after the conclusion late at night from games played in the second round (Thursday winners for Saturday, Friday winners for Sunday).


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