This year we are including the full s-curve with our bracket updates. As time permits I’ll try to update the list more frequently. The actual s-curve is updated daily. Early in the season, teams tend to move more freely and quickly as the overall body of work is smaller. 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:
Teams listed in ALL CAPS are those currently deemed to earn the automatic conference bid to the tournament (with the exception of teams that use abbreviations like UCLA, LSU). While conference play has begun for many teams, some teams have yet to begin league play; projected champions are based either on the current league leader, projected champion, or current record/RPI leader.
Updated: March 16, 2014 | FINAL
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.
|MARCH 15 S-CURVE RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. Florida||2. Arizona||3. WICHITA ST||4. Michigan|
|5. VIRGINIA||6. Villanova||7. Kansas||8. Wisconsin|
|9. Iowa State||10. Duke||11. Louisville||12. Creighton|
|13. Michigan State||14. Syracuse||15. Cincinnati||16. San Diego St|
|17. NEW MEXICO||18. Ohio State||19. UCLA||20. Connecticut|
|21. North Carolina||22. Baylor||23. Oklahoma||24. Kentucky|
|25. Texas||26. VCU||27. Massachusetts||28. Saint Louis|
|29. Oklahoma State||30. Oregon||31. Memphis||32. Geo Washington|
|33. GONZAGA||34. Kansas State||35. Pittsburgh||36. SAINT JOSEPH’S|
|37. Colorado||38. Stanford||39. Arizona State||40. Iowa|
|41. PROVIDENCE||42. Tennessee||43. Xavier||44. Nebraska|
|45. Dayton||46. SMU||47. BYU||48. HARVARD|
|49. NO DAKOTA ST||50. S.F. AUSTIN|
|51. MANHATTAN||52. W. MICHIGAN||53. TULSA||54. DELAWARE|
|55. LA-LAFAYETTE||56. NEW MEXICO ST||57. MERCER||58. E. KENTUCKY|
|59. NC CENTRAL||60. AMERICAN||61. MILWAUKEE||62. WOFFORD|
|63. WEBER STATE||64. ALBANY||65. CO CAROLINA||66. MT ST MARY’S|
|67. TX-SOUTHERN||68. CAL-POLY|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Florida State (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Texas Southern, 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.
|S-CURVE RANKINGS | 69 – 84|
|69. Florida State||70. Minnesota||71. Arkansas||72. California|
|73. Missouri||74. NC State||75. Green Bay||76. Georgia|
|77. Southern Miss||78. Illinois||79. Georgetown||80. St. John’s|
|81. Clemson||82. Mid Tennessee||83. Utah||84. W. Michigan|
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.