Two Big 12 kingpins and two power mid-majors are out front in the debut projection for USA TODAY Sports’ bracketology.
Baylor, Kansas, San Diego State and Gonzaga are the currently projected No. 1 seeds, with each team presenting résumés with marquee wins and few blemishes. The same four teams lead the , the NCAA’s tool put into place last year that assesses each team’s strength of schedule among other stats.
March Madness is still six weeks away, so there’s plenty of time for the current No. 1s to either implode or bolster their stock. The Bears (19-1) and Jayhawks (18-3) are more susceptible to suffer upsets in a challenging Big 12 schedule. The disadvantage the Aztecs (23-0) and Bulldogs (23-1) face is that one loss in