Projected Champion: Wichita State
Possible Contenders: Cincinnati
At-Large Bids: Cincinnati, Central Florida, Connecticut
Yes, the AAC is still considered a Mid-Major. No, I’m not happy about it. At least they can rollout at least 1 Final Four contender in Wichita State and if you squint hard enough Cincinnati may be one of those surprise teams that makes it to the Elite Eight. There’s some room between the top two but not as much as people think. Sliding in at 3 and 4 and probably getting some at-large love are Central Florida and Connecticut. UCF is led by 7’6” Tacko Falls, who put the NBA off for one more year. They seem like a safe bet for 24-25 wins. Connecticut is the X-factor here as they won a National Championship just a couple years ago and have fallen on hard times. I see a late run and a 12 seed in their future with a little bounce back year.