The two big names in college basketball bracketology don’t always see eye-to-eye. Then again, even among fans (pick your team) it’s rare for everyone to agree on something this elaborate. This week it’s time to look at Jerry Palm bracketology. Here’s a handy link to last week’s Joe Lunardi’s way-too-early brackets for comparison purposes.
Based upon the magic crystal ball that’s in the possession of Jerry Palm the ACC will place at least 7 teams in the NCAA Tournament. This early in the year you probably won’t find too much argument (or will you?) over the teams selected. The discussion definitely heats up when you ask about teams that haven’t been selected.
So who are the early No. 1 seeds in Palm’s bracket? The top four are Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. Are these teams deserving of this much of an acknowledgement at this point? Perhaps, if all we’re doing is talking about what potential they show on paper. Our caveat? How’d that work out last year?
Jerry Palm Bracketology
So now that we know who the top seeds are let’s take a quick look at what teams are the last four in. Palm picks Texas, Wisconsin, Dayton and Alabama as the teams fighting for those last spots. He matches up Texas and Alabama in the East with Dayton and Wisconsin in the South.
There are two No. 2 seeds coming from the conference according to Palm. Who are they?
Virginia is projected to play in Greensboro and will open against No. 15 UCSB. Louisville is projected to play in St. Louis and will open against No. 15 Wright State.
The next highest seed is North Carolina. The Tar Heels are projected as a No. 3 seed and will be in the Midwest Region. Their opening game is projected to be against No. 14 Liberty.
Seeded at No. 7, 8 and 9 respectively are Florida State, NC State and Syracuse. The projected match ups? The Seminoles could face No. 10 Oklahoma. Palm has the Wolfpack going head to head with No. 9 Oregon. The final match up has Syracuse facing off with No. 8 Michigan.
Jim Quist is Managing Editor of ACC Nation and Co-Host of ACC Nation Podcast. He’s a member of NSMA (National Sports Media Association), FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and USBWA (U.S. Basketball Writers Association). He is enrolled in the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program at the University of Richmond. Follow him on Twitter @ACCTheQ.