- Joe Lunardi, Senior Writer, ESPN.com
For the past few years, one of our favorite Bracketology columns has been the 65-to-1 countdown of teams posted on the eve of the NCAA Tournament. Last March, this gave us three-quarters of the Final Four, seven members of the Elite Eight and the occasional random gem (e.g., "If a No. 1 seed loses before the Sweet 16, it will be Ohio State against Xavier." But the Buckeyes escaped in overtime.).
Hoping for a few more gems -- but knowing there are thousands of games to be played between now and April 7 in San Antonio -- a 65-to-1 countdown of teams might be the perfect way to start a new season of NCAA projections. It's also fun, which, after all, is the main reason we're here.
Joe Lunardi breaks down the first bracket of the season, from 65 all the way to No. 1. Part I counts down the bottom four seeds, from 49-65.