Arizona, Duke headline preseason bracket

Reagan Lunn/Duke Athletics
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We have to start somewhere, so why not at the top?

That’s where you’ll find Arizona and Duke – the top two overall seeds in our preseason bracket.  Next in line: Michigan State and Kansas.  Most likely, these names aren’t surprising.

Each has the talent, coaching, and cache to reach the Final Four.

The more difficult part of any preseason bracket is sorting through a bunch of teams that have as many questions as answers.

At this point, we have no results, no wins or losses, no on-the-court data points.

Which leaves us with less reliable methods, such as speculation, expectation, and even some good ole’ fashioned guesswork.

Thankfully, today’s bracket is merely a starting point, nothing more, nothing less.

After a rather tumultuous offseason, the good news is this: a new college basketball season is upon us.  Here’s to another exciting season on the court.

CONTENDER SERIES: Kentucky | Kansas | Arizona | Michigan State | Duke
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PRESEASON BRACKET

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • St. Bonaventure vs. Oklahoma | Midwest Region
  • Connecticut vs. Stanford East Region
  • IDAHO vs. TX-SOUTHERN | Midwest Region
  • ST. FRANCIS (PA) vs. MORGAN STATE | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

WEST Los Angeles  SOUTH – Atlanta                        
San Diego Charlotte
1) ARIZONA 1) DUKE
16) UC-IRVINE 16) MORGAN ST/ ST. FRANCIS
8) TCU 8) Maryland
9) Iowa 9) Texas
Boise Wichita
5) GONZAGA 5) UCLA
12) MID TENNESSEE ST 12) MISSOURI STATE
4) Notre Dame 4) Minnesota
13) WESTERN MICHIGAN 13) VERMONT
Charlotte Detroit
6) Alabama 6) Northwestern
11) NEVADA 11) Virginia Tech
3) Miami-FL 3) Cincinnati
14) FL GULF COAST 14) IONA
Dallas Nashville
7) Baylor 7) Providence
10) Creighton 10) Michigan
2) WICHITA STATE 2) KENTUCKY
15) SO DAKOTA ST 15) MURRAY STATE
MIDWEST – Omaha EAST – Boston
Wichita Detroit
1) KANSAS 1) MICHIGAN STATE
16) IDAHO / TX-SOUTHERN 16) NORTHWESTERN ST
8) Missouri 8) Virginia
9) Wisconsin 9) Arkansas
Boise Dallas
5) Purdue 5) Xavier
12) OAKLAND 12) CHARLESTON
4) Louisville 4) West Virginia
13) BUCKNELL 13) HARVARD
Pittsburgh Nashville
6) Seton Hall 6) Texas A&M
11) St. Bonaventure / Oklahoma 11) Connecticut / Stanford
3) Florida 3) North Carolina
14) FURMAN 14) GA SOUTHERN
San Diego Pittsburgh
7) Saint Mary’s 7) RHODE ISLAND
10) UCF 10) Oregon
2) USC 2) VILLANOVA
15) Grand Canyon 15) NC-ASHEVILLE

NOTES on the BRACKET: Arizona is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas.

Last Four Byes (at large): Oregon, UCF, Michigan, Virginia Tech

Last Four IN (at large): Oklahoma, Stanford, Connecticut, St. Bonaventure

First Four OUT (at large): Butler, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, VCU

Next four teams OUT (at large): St. John’s, Florida State, SMU, Saint Joseph’s

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (8): MICHIGAN STATE, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan

ACC (7): DUKE, Miami-FL, North Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech

SEC (6): KENTUCKY, Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas

BIG 12 (6): KANSAS, West Virginia, Baylor, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma

Big East (5): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Seton Hall, Providence, Creighton

Pac 12 (5): ARIZONA, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford

American (4): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, UCF, Connecticut

Atlantic 10 (2): RHODE ISLAND, St. Bonaventure

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Missouri State (MVC) Iona (MAAC), Middle Tennessee State (C-USA), Georgia Southern (SBELT), Harvard (IVY), Idaho (BSKY), Oakland (HORIZON), Northwestern State (SLND), Furman (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Western Michigan (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Charleston (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), Morgan State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), Grand Canyon (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), St. Francis, PA (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)