Bracket projection: New Mexico
Bairstow, Williams & Co. look to avoid another early-round exit
Steve Alford may have departed for UCLA, but he left his buddy Craig Neal plenty to work with in his first head-coaching opportunity. Four starters that helped the New Mexico Lobos earn a No. 3 seed last season have shined again for Neal. However, that same No. 3 seed squad lost in the second round to Harvard a year ago. What can Neal do to make sure that kind of stunner doesn't happen again to this veteran squad?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.
Best wins: Cincinnati, Boise State, San Diego State
Worst losses: New Mexico State, UNLV
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Joe Lunardi provides an update on where every team currently stands in the NCAA tournament bracket. He sees Villanova earning a No. 1 seed while BYU claiming the final at-large spot.
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