Ready for some giggles?

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,

Syracuse, Virginia

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,

West Virginia

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.

Metro Atlantic

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).


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