Here is how I fared when I made my initial picks a little over one week after Halloween.
The schools in boldface indicate which ones I got right, and the italics indicate which ones I got wrong.
CONFERENCE TEAM(S) TO EARN BID(S)
American Athletic (AAC) Cincinnati, Connecticut, Memphis, Tulsa* (not as conference champion, but as one of the Last Four In–that still counts
America East Stony Brook
Atlantic Coast (ACC) Duke*, Florida State, Louisville-x (right about their self-imposed ban), Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State, North Carolina-y,
Atlantic Sun North Florida
Atlantic 10 Davidson, St. Louis, VCU*
Big East Butler, Georgetown, Villanova* (shocked like most people over the sudden emergence of Seton Hall), Xavier
Big West UC Irvine
Big Sky Montana
Big South Winthrop
Big Ten Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State,
Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue (at least, I had them in the final game)*
Big 12 Iowa State*, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas,
Colonial Athletic (CAA) College of Charleston
Conference USA Western Kentucky
Horizon League Valparaiso
Ivy League Yale, will beat either Harvard or Princeton in
one-game playoff to win automatic bid since the Ivy League does not hold a postseason tournament. Next year, a playoff will take place in Philadelphia–two games to be precise during Selection Weekend.
Athletic Conference (MAAC) Iona
Mid-American (MAC) Central Michigan
Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hampton
Missouri Valley Wichita State, y-Illinois State, if Louisville
is declared ineligible for postseason play (shocked by Northern Iowa winning on a last second shot over Evansville)
Mountain West San Diego State, Wyoming
Northeast (NEC) Central Connecticut State
Ohio Valley (OVC) Belmont
Pac-12 Arizona*, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA
Patriot League Bucknell
Southeastern (SEC) Kentucky*, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Southern Conference Wofford
Southland Stephen F. Austin
Summit League South Dakota State
Southwestern Athletic (SWAC) Southern
Sun Belt Conference Louisiana-Lafayette
West Coast (WCC) Gonzaga*, z-San Diego, if Pacific is ruled
ineligible for 2016 postseason play, St. Mary’s (California).
Western Athletic (WAC) New Mexico State
All of the other picks below were wrong:
LAST FOUR IN: Auburn, LSU, x-Northwestern, if North Carolina is found to be ineligible for 2016 postseason and thereby breaking a very long drought between tournament appearances (otherwise, Dayton), Wisconsin–Oh, how the mighty have fallen, from last season’s runner-up to the 68th best team in the nation just barely getting pecking order on the seed list ahead of:
FIRST FOUR OUT: Richmond, Alabama, New Mexico, Manhattan
Final 2016 Totals: 37 out of 68 for 54.41 percent accuracy.
Compared to 2015, that total was 39 of 68 (57.35 percent) and 2014, it was down a bit at a clip of 33 for 68 (48.53 percent).