BLOG EXCLUSIVE: My Initial Picks for the 68 Teams Hoping To Make the 2017 NCAA Tournament

SONG SELECTION:  Streets of Laredo, “Silly Bones”

Taken from their October 21, 2016 album release titled, Wild

Similar to years past, I have listed each of the schools alphabetically by conference to make it easier for fans to read on their smartphones, laptops, or desktops.

The list was gathered largely from looking at many various preseason polls found online throughout October into early November.  I found Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and the Associated Press polls most helpful.

Each multi-bid league will have an * that will indicate which school that I believe will receive that conference’s automatic tournament bid come the period between March 3 and 12 (but those particular schools may not necessarily dominate during conference play in the season’s Dog Days during January and February).

CONFERENCE                         TEAM(S) TO EARN BID(S)

American Athletic (AAC)    Cincinnati, Connecticut *, Temple

America East                             Vermont

Atlantic Coast                           Duke *, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina,

North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia

Atlantic Sun                               Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic 10                                   Dayton, Rhode Island, VCU *

Big East                                         Butler, Marquette, Providence, Villanova *

Big Sky                                           Weber State

Big South                                      Winthrop

Big Ten                                          Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State *,

Purdue, Wisconsin

Big West                                        Long Beach State

Colonial Athletic (CAA)           James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington *

Conference USA                          UAB, Western Kentucky *

Horizon                                           Valparaiso

Ivy League                                      Princeton

Metro Atlantic Athletic (MAAC)    Monmouth

Mid-American  (MAC)               Ohio

Mid-Eastern (MEAC)                 Hampton

Missouri Valley                             Northern Iowa, Wichita State *

Mountain West                             San Diego State

Northeast (NEC)                           Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley                                      Belmont

Pac-12                                                Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon *, Oregon State,

UCLA, Washington

Patriot League                                 Lehigh

Southeastern                                    Kentucky *, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Southern                                            Wofford

Southland                                          Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

SWAC                                                   Southern

Summit League                                Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne (IPFW)

Sun Belt                                               Texas-Arlington

West Coast                                          BYU, Gonzaga *, St. Mary’s (CA)

Western Athletic                              New Mexico State

LAST FOUR IN:   Alabama, Iona, Northwestern, Yale

FIRST FOUR OUT:  Auburn, Evansville, Illinois State, Murray State

Let the games begin!  And please check back on March 13, 2017 to see how I did.


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