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2012-13 Bracketology FAQ

What to know to understand Joe Lunardi's NCAA tournament projections

Originally Published: November 6, 2012
By Joe Lunardi | Special to ESPN.com

What's the bracket arithmetic this year? A total of 31 Division I conferences will place an automatic qualifier into the 2013 NCAA tournament field. As the tourney now requires 37 at-large selections as part of its expanded 68-team format, there will be four opening-round games -- called the "First Four" -- played Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of the main bracket. These contests, to be held March 19-20 in Dayton, Ohio, will pair the last four at-large selections for two games and the last ...

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