Below are two tables that display the Seed List (at the time of publication) – a tool used for my bracket projects and by the actual Selection Committee to seed teams into the bracket.
A couple of things to note:
Teams listed in BOLD are conference champions and awarded an automatic bid. Now that we’ve reached conference tournament play, bold will not
The Seed List is not a poll. It is a ranking of teams based on the overall field at the time of publication. Whether it’s RPI, KenPom or some other metric, a variety of factors go into the Seed List at any given point in time. The Seed List reflects the 68-team field – and next contenders – not the entire college hoops landscape.
Updated: March 12, 2017 | 5:06 p.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 12 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. Villanova||2. Kansas||3. North Carolina||4. Gonzaga|
|5. Duke||6. Kentucky||7. Arizona||8. Oregon|
|9. Louisville||10. Baylor||11. UCLA||12. Florida State|
|13. Notre Dame||14. Florida||15. Butler||16. West Virginia|
|17. Purdue||18. Cincinnati||19. Virginia||20. Iowa State|
|21. Minnesota||22. SMU||23. Wisconsin||24. Michigan|
|25. Creighton||26. Saint Mary’s||27. Maryland||28. Virginia Tech|
|29. Miami||30. Arkansas||31. Northwestern||32. South Carolina|
|33. Seton Hall||34. Dayton||35. Oklahoma St||36. VCU|
|37. Wichita State||38. Marquette||39. Vanderbilt||40. Michigan State|
|41. Mid Tennessee St||42. Xavier||43. Rhode Island||44. Providence|
|45. Nevada||46. UNC-Wilmington||47. Kansas State||48. Wake Forest|
|49. USC||50. Vermont|
|51. E. Tennessee St||52. Bucknell||53. Princeton||54. Winthrop|
|55. Fla Gulf Coast||56. New Mexico St||57. Iona||58. Kent State|
|59. No. Kentucky||60. North Dakota||61. Jacksonville St||62. Tx-Southern|
|63. Troy||64. So. Dakota St||65. Mt St. Mary’s||66. NC-Central|
|67. New Orleans||68. UC-Davis|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Illinois State (in this case) isn’t rated lower than NC-Central, 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.
|SEED LIST RANKINGS | 69 – 79
|69. Illinois State||70. Syracuse||71. California||72. Iowa|
|73. Indiana||74. Illinois||75. Georgia||76. Alabama|
|77. Monmouth||78. TCU||79. Colorado State|
Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday