This year we are 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.
March 17 update: Final s-curve (2013)
With the Big Ten championship game ended late, the s-curve was finalized mid-afternoon in advance of the final projected bracket. I’m not sure one more game would have mattered.
A couple of things to note:
Teams listed in ALL CAPS have earned an automatic bid to the tournament. The highest remaining seed in a conference tournament will be used as the champion (in most cases) until all the automatic bids have been updated.
Updated: Sunday, March 17 | 5:30 p.m. | For games through Sunday, March 17
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 17 | S-CURVE RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. Indiana||2. LOUISVILLE||3. Duke||4. KANSAS|
|5. GONZAGA||6. Georgetown||7. New Mexico||8. MIAMI-FL|
|9. OHIO STATE||10. Michigan State||11. Michigan||12. Florida|
|13. Wisconsin||14. Syracuse||15. Kansas State||16. SAINT LOUIS|
|17. Marquette||18. Arizona||19. Oklahoma||20. UNLV|
|21. Notre Dame||22. Pittsburgh||23. Butler||24. VCU|
|25. OREGON||26. CREIGHTON||27. UCLA||28. North Carolina|
|29. NC State||30. Colorado State||31. Missouri||32. Illinois|
|33. MEMPHIS||34. San Diego State||35. Wichita State||36. Cincinnati|
|37. Villanova||38. Minnesota||39. Colorado||40. Temple|
|41. Iowa State||42. California||43. Oklahoma||44. MISSISSIPPI|
|45. Boise State||46. Tennessee||47. La Salle||48. Saint Mary’s|
|49. BELMONT||50. BUCKNELL|
|51. AKRON||52. NEW MEXICO ST||53. SO DAKOTA ST||54. DAVIDSON|
|55. VALPARAISO||56. NORTHWESTERN ST||57. FLA GULF COAST||58. HARVARD|
|59. MONTANA||60. PACIFIC||61. IONA||62. ALBANY|
|63. W. KENTUCKY||64. LIU-BROOKLYN||65. JAMES MADISON||66. SOUTHERN|
|67. NO CAROLINA AT||68. LIBERTY|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Kentucky (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Liberty, 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 - 77|
|69. Kentucky||70. Middle Tennessee||71. Virginia||72. Maryland|
|73. Massachusetts||74. Iowa||75. Alabama||76. Southern Miss|
|77. Arizona State||78. Stephen F. Austin|
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.