Away Game: My Bracket Projections Over at

Happy Selection Sunday!

Over at ESPN, Joe Lunardi’s team of Bracketologists (that includes me!) have tournament previews for all 68 teams. That means strengths, weaknesses, best players, and tons of statistical analysis for every single team in the field.

If you like my work here at Palestra Back, I recommend checking out the 13 teams I previewed for the Worldwide Leader. If you’re filling out a bracket (you are) or entering the Palestra Back Fantasy Shootout (you should, click here!), all 68 are worth reading, re-reading, and dissecting. You’ll need an ESPN Insider account to view them (if you don’t have one already, it’s worth it).

Here are the 13 I tackled this season:


Bumped from the top seed line, but are the Wildcats still a championship contender?


An under the radar Final Four team or an overachiever?

Michigan State



The Hawkeyes are in freefall, but can they turn it around?


The Boilers are big, but can their guards keep up in March?


“The boys from Yale hit the glass harder than they hit the books” is an actual sentence that ESPN let me publish.

UNC Asheville

The third best North Carolina state school in the tournament!


Mocs!… Yeah!… In!… Yeah!… The Tourney!… Yeah!

Fairleigh Dickinson

The Northeast Conference champs have a Fairleigh low chances of pulling an upset.

Middle Tennessee State

One of their best players is named Giddy Potts!

Stony Brook

If you didn’t watch “The Jameel Warney Show” (the America East Championship), you missed out. He, and Stony Brook, will be a tough out.


As a former coach’s kid, I’m obligated to root for any father-son combo. Go Roland and Trulen Banks!


Aloha! The Rainbow Warriors are in the Big Hula (and they are good enough to win some games).


Enjoy the previews, keep an eye here at Palestra Back for tons more tourney themed fun, and send in your entry for the Fantasy Shootout.

Yes, it most certainly is.


Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and writer at He has also contributed to, Rush The Court,, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain. If you have any suggestions, tips, ideas, or questions, email them to

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