This 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. Read more…