ACC is king in Dickie V's projected field of 68

ByDick Vitale ESPN logo
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I always wanted to be a part of the NCAA tournament selection process, baby!

I know it is a tough job deciding who those last few teams will be in that conference room before the brackets are released. It is not easy to project the field before the season as injuries and other things can derail good teams.

I am going to give it my best shot, looking into my crystal ball for the 2016-17 season. Here is my look at a field of 68. Keep this and see how I did against the real one at season's end.

American: Connecticut Huskies, Cincinnati Bearcats, Houston Cougars

ACC: Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Florida State Seminoles, Louisville Cardinals, Virginia Cavaliers, Syracuse Orange, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Miami Hurricanes

America East: Vermont Catamounts

Atlantic 10: Dayton Flyers, Rhode Island Rams, VCU Rams

Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

Big 12: Kansas Jayhawks, Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, West Virginia Mountaineers, Iowa State Cyclones

Big East: Villanova Wildcats, Xavier Musketeers, Creighton Bluejays, Seton Hall Pirates

Big Ten: Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Maryland Terrapins

Big Sky: Weber State Wildcats

Big South: Winthrop Eagles

Big West: Long Beach State 49ers

Colonial: UNC Wilmington Seahawks

Conference USA:Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Horizon: Valparaiso Crusaders

Ivy: Harvard Crimson

MAAC: Monmouth Hawks

MAC: Akron Zips

MEAC: South Carolina State Bulldogs

Missouri Valley: Wichita State Shockers

Mountain West: San Diego State Aztecs, New Mexico Lobos

Northeast: Wagner Sehawks

Ohio Valley: Belmont Bruins

Pac-12: Oregon Ducks, Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, California Golden Bears, Colorado Buffaloes

Patriot: Lehigh Mountain Hawks

SEC: Kentucky Wildcats, Florida Gators, Texas A&M Aggies, Georgia Bulldogs

Southern: Chattanooga Mocs

Southland: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Summit League: North Dakota State Bison

Sun Belt: UT-Arlington Mavericks

SWAC: Jackson State Tigers

WAC: New Mexico State Aggies

West Coast: Gonzaga Bulldogs, Saint Mary's Gaels, BYU Cougars

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