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Inside the Bracket: January 1 s-curve rankings

dave1This year we’ll be including the full s-curve with our bracket updates.  As time permits – and the tournament nears – I’ll try to update the list more frequently.  Off site, the s-curve is updated daily.  Below are two tables used to display the current s-curve – a tool used by the Selection Committee to seed teams into the bracket.

A couple of things to note:

1) Teams listed in ALL CAPS are projected as automatic qualifiers.  We’re so early in the conference season this really doesn’t mean anything yet, but it provides an idea of how automatic qualifiers are place on the curve.

2) With the First Four set-up, there can be six teams on a given seed line.  In this edition, one of those is the 12-seed line. That’s while you’ll notice two empty “boxes” after spots 49-50.  Teams ranked 45-50 would be potential 12 seeds (if bracket placement works accordingly).  Through games on December 31, the First Four participants would be Indiana State, Saint Louis, Marquette, and Georgia Tech.  The same holds true for spots 63-38.  In the First Four scenario, Norfolk State, Cal-Northridge, LIU-Brooklyn, and Prairie View would be matched with the winners sliding into a 16-seed line.

3) To make it easier to follow, I didn’t use an actual “S” shape on the table; rather the highest seed on each line is to the left.  If this is more confusing I can update it later.

The following update is for games played through December 31, 2012.  Our next update will be included with the first bracket on Monday, January 7.


JANUARY 1  |  S-CURVE RANKINGS   |  1-68
1. DUKE 2. LOUISVLLE 3. MICHIGAN 4. KANSAS
5. Indiana 6. ARIZONA 7. Syracuse 8. Minnesota
9. MISSOURI 10. Florida 11. Cincinnati 12. Ohio State
13. Illinois 14. GONZAGA 15. Georgetown 16. CREIGHTON
17. SAN DIEGO ST 18. Michigan State 19. BUTLER 20. Oklahoma State
21. NC State 22. UNLV 23. Notre Dame 24. New Mexico
25. Wichita State 26. VCU 27. Colorado 28. Kansas State
29. Baylor 30. Kentucky 31. Temple 32. Wyoming
33. Pittsburgh 34. North Carolina 35. Maryland 36. Miami-FL
37. MEMPHIS 38. Oregon 39. UCLA 40. Boise State
41. Texas 42. Colorado State 43. Virginia 44. Tennessee
45. Indiana State 46. Saint Louis 47. Marquette 48. Georgia Tech
49. MURRAY ST 50. BUCKNELL
51. NO. DAKOTA ST 52. MID TENN ST 53. VALPARAISO 54. CANISIUS
55. GEORGE MASON 56. DAVIDSON 57. OHIO 58. HARVARD
59. S.F. AUSTIN 60. MERCER 61. UTAH STATE 62. STONY BROOK
63. GARNER-WEBB 64. WEBER STATE 65. NORFOLK ST 66. CAL-NORTHRIDGE
67. LIU-BROOKLYN 68. PRAIRIE VIEW

This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin.  While Iowa (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Prairie View, automatic qualifiers have to be ranked within the Field of 68.  That’s why I’ve compiled the s-curve this way.  Other sites choose to compile the list differently.  Either way is fine.  To me, it’s just easier to see the clear break from which teams are IN and which are close but in the next tier.  We monitor teams currently ranked below 96, but it makes a nice stopping point.

S-CURVE RANKINGS  |  69 – 96 
69. Iowa 70. Illinois State 71. California 72. Stanford
73. Iowa State 74. Dayton 75. Wisconsin 76. Oregon State
77. Florida State 78. BYU 79. Arizona State 80. Virginia Tech
81. St. Joseph’s 82. Belmont 83. South Dakota St 84. Mississippi
85. St. Mary’s 86. Arkansas 87. Santa Clara 88. Alabama
89. Charlotte 90. Seton Hall 91. Texas AM 92. Northern Iowa
93. Xavier 94. Oklahoma 95. Louisiana Tech 96. Illinois-Chicago

Hopefully, you enjoy this new addition to Bracketville.  Thanks for you continued interest.  Please share your thoughts.  That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.

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