There is a new bracket up and, as you might expect, there have been some changes from the preseason bracket I did back in October.
North Carolina, the overall No. 1 back then, is now a 2-seed. I have a feeling the Heels will be back on the top line in short order, and may eventually become the overall No. 1 again.
The Big Ten has nine of its 12 teams in this bracket. Realistically, that's a couple more than the league can expect in March. That's a function of not having begun conference play yet. The league is the top-rated by a pretty wide margin at this point.
I put this together using a combination of RPI, poll rankings and just my own subjectiveness. RPI data can be pretty comical still at this time of year. Texas A&M, which is in the top 25, has an RPI of 163. If the Aggies are still in the 160s in March, they won't be worrying about playing in the postseason.
St. Mary's is the top team in the RPI currently. They are in this bracket, but they have only played four games that count, so the Gaels are still hard to judge.
So, there are some teams in here that we probably won't see again (TCU, Seton Hall, Minnesota, which lost its best player to injury). I would caution Virginia Tech fans against false hope though. You are likely to have your noses pressed against the glass door again.
Indiana and North Carolina are in the same pod. One of them is undefeated.
Hey, Alabama fans! I think we'll be on the same page this year. Barring injury, your team should spend the season comfortably in the top half of the field.