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 7, 2014 | 6:30 a.m. (ET)
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 7 S-CURVE RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. FLORIDA||2. ARIZONA||3. WICHITA ST||4. KANSAS|
|5. Wisconsin||6. MICHIGAN||7. VIRGINIA||8. VILLANOVA|
|9. Syracuse||10. Creighton||11. Iowa State||12. CINCINNATI|
|13. San Diego State||14. Michigan State||15. Duke||16. North Carolina|
|17. Louisville||18. Texas||19. Oklahoma||20. UCLA|
|21. NEW MEXICO||22. Kentucky||23. Connecticut||24. Ohio State|
|25. SAINT LOUIS||26. Massachusetts||27. Kansas State||28. VCU|
|29. Memphis||30. Baylor||31. Iowa||32. SMU|
|33. Geo Washington||34. Arizona State||35. Oklahoma State||36. GONZAGA|
|37. Saint Joseph’s||38. Arkansas||39. Colorado||40. Oregon|
|41. Xavier||42. Stanford||43. Georgetown||44. BYU|
|45. Dayton||46. Pittsburgh||47. Missouri||48. GREEN BAY|
|49. HARVARD||50. LOUISIANA TECH|
|51. NO DAKOTA ST||52. TOLEDO||53. BELMONT||54. DELAWARE|
|55. S.F. AUSTIN||56. IONA||57. GEORGIA ST||58. BOSTON UNIV|
|59. UC-IRVINE||60. NC-CENTRAL||61. VERMONT||62. DAVIDSON|
|63. ROBERT MORRIS||64. FLA GULF COAST||65. UTAH VALLEY||66. WEBER STATE|
|67. HIGH POINT||68. ALABAMA ST|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While California (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Alabama State, 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 still monitor teams after No. 92, but it makes a nice stopping point at this point in the season.
|S-CURVE RANKINGS | 69 – 88|
|69. California||70. Tennessee||71. Providence||72. Nebraska|
|73. Minnesota||74. Florida State||75. St. John’s||76. Clemson|
|77. LSU||78. Southern Miss||79. Utah||80. Indiana|
|81. Illinois||82. Georgia||83. Marquette||84. Richmond|
|85. NC State||86. UNLV||87. Tulsa||88. Mid Tennessee|
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.