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Selecting the NCAA Tournament field

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  November 6, 2013 11:49 AM

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The World Series had me transfixed. Iím endlessly fascinated by the Patriots. The Bruins do have me wondering about how good they can really be and the Celtics ... well ... I feel sorry for Brad Stevens.

Because of all that Iím not really ready for the start of college basketball which tips off Friday. Iím hyped for the BC-Providence game at the Dunk on Friday night especially since we have a new great announcing team -- Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery -- doing the game for Fox. Hereís my first prediction: BC will win. I think this is going to be a good season for the Eagles and coach Steve Donahue. I really respect how Donahue has put together a challenging schedule, Providence, UMass, UConn, Indiana or Washington in the second game of a tournament, Purdue, Southern Cal, VCU, Harvard plus all the ACC games which now include Syracuse and Pitt.

In fact, I think BC will be in the NCAA tournament. Hereís the rest of the field in the annual Sullyís Court dart-throwing contest, picking the NCAA Tournament field before play begins.

AAC (5): Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Cincinnati, SMU
ACC (5): Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College
Atlantic 10 (5): VCU, Saint Louis, LaSalle, UMass, Saint Josephís
Big East (5): Creighton, Marquette, Georgetown, St. Johnís, Xavier
Big Ten (7): Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois
Big 12 (3): Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor.
Mountain West (4): New Mexico, San Diego State, Boise State, UNLV
Pac 12 (6): Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, UCLA, Cal, Stanford
SEC (4): Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas
WCC (2): Gonzaga, BYU

One-bid leagues (22)
America East:
Vermont
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
Big Sky: Weber State
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Big West: Cal State Northridge
CAA: Drexel
Conference USA: Louisiana Tech
Horizon: Cleveland State
Ivy: Harvard
MAAC: Iona
MAC: Akron
MEAC: Morgan State
Missouri Valley: Wichita State
NEC: Wagner
OVC: Eastern Kentucky
Patriot: BU
Southern: Davidson
Southland: Oral Roberts
SWAC: Texas Southern
Summit: Denver
Sun Belt: Georgia State
WAC: New Mexico State

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