Busting Brackets

Bracketology 2024: North Carolina earns a No. 1 seed in latest field of 68 projection

Jan 13, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels bench including forward
Jan 13, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels bench including forward / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Busting Brackets bracketology is back! It's time to start thinking about brackets again. Teams have begun jockeying to be in the best position for March. For some, that means climbing the seed list or building a resume worthy of consideration for an at-large bid. For those teams in likely one-bid leagues that means making sure your team is prepared for conference play by challenging them over the first two months.

Resumes are being built and while games towards the end of the season get more scrutiny and feel like they are more important than ones before January, they are all important, and more often than not the reason those games in February and March feel more important is because of missed opportunities in the early parts of the year. Even though Selection Sunday is four months away it’s always fun to look at how teams and conferences fluctuate during the season through the lens of the selection process.

Now that the season is well underway, it's time to take a look at how a potential bracket may look and change as we head towards selection Sunday. Every couple of weeks from now until the bracket is revealed, I will give you a glimpse at what I think the bracket will look like along with the movers, shakers, and storylines in each region.

Ever since the calendar flipped to 2024 it's as if there is some sort of full moon hanging over the world of college basketball. Not only has winning on the road become even more difficult, but if you have a number in front of your name, you've likely been knocked down a few pegs. Because of all that chaos, even though rankings don't have anything to do with the bracketing process, as a result, there has been a lot of movement so it's time to look at another projected field.