Seed List

The actual Seed List is updated daily (well, most days). Early in the season, teams tend to move more freely as the overall body of work is smaller. At the same time, it’s important not to jump to any huge conclusions based on the outcome of a handful of games. Below are two tables that display the current Seed List – 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 those currently noted as the automatic qualifier from that team’s conference.  Tiebreakers are via RPI at time of publication if teams are tied in the loss column.

The Seed List is not meant to be a poll. It is a ranking or listing 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. Teams are ranked beyond 92, but it makes a good point now that we’re in February.

Updated: February 6, 2016  |  8:00 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.

1. Oklahoma
2. North Carolina
3. Kansas
4. Iowa
5. Villanova 6. Xavier 7. Virginia 8. Maryland
9. Michigan State
10. Oregon 11. West Virginia 12. Texas AM
13. Iowa State 14. Purdue 15. Miami-FL
16. Texas
17. Providence
18. USC 19. Baylor 20. Dayton
21. Utah 22. Kentucky 23. Indiana 24. Arizona
25. Duke 26. Wichita State 27. Pittsburgh 28. Notre Dame
29. Michigan 30. VCU 31. Colorado
32. Washington
33. Florida 34. Cincinnati
35. Connecticut 36. South Carolina
37. San Diego St 38. Clemson 39. Syracuse 40. California
41. Saint Mary’s 42. Gonzaga 43. Florida State 44. LSU
45. Seton Hall 46. Saint Joseph’s 47. Geo Washington 48. Monmouth
49. Valparaiso 50. Chattanooga
51. Ark-Little Rock
52. UC-Irvine
53. Akron 54. Stony Brook
55. NC-Wilmington 56. Belmont
57. UAB
58. So Dakota St
59. Yale 60. S.F. Austin
61. North Florida
62. NC-Asheville
63. New Mexico St
64. Weber State 65. Hampton 66. Bucknell
67. Wagner 68. Tx-Southern


This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While UCLA (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.

69. UCLA 70. Butler 71. Vanderbilt 72. Oregon State
73. Wisconsin 74. Georgetown 75. Texas Tech 76. Georgia
77. Temple 78. Kansas State 79. Stanford 80. Tulsa
81. BYU 82. St. Bonaventure 83. Marquette 84. Boise State
85. Alabama 86. Georgia Tech 87. Creighton 88. Ohio State
89. New Mexico 90. Arizona State 91. Houston 92. Virginia Tech


Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.

  1. Nick Tursi
    January 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Baylor and Cincy should not be in bracket based on their RPI’s
    Baylor has played no one and got absolutely thrashed by Kansas
    St. Joes and St. Mary’s should definitely be in the field

    • Dave Ommen
      January 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Definitely some inconsistencies this time of year. Let’s see how the early conference season unfolds. I imagine we’ll see a lot of movement in the middle and lower ends of the bracket over the next couple of weeks. It is worth noting that Baylor’s three losses are to teams all ranked in the top 20 of the Seed List. And two of Cincinnati’s losses (Butler and Iowa State) were a combined four points – and did beat George Washington.

  2. Nathan Wright
    January 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks so much for the frequent updates. You do a great job. I use your list every week to see which teams outside the current field I should keep an eye on. I think you may have listed Notre Dame twice on the Jan. 9 update (33 & 35).

    • Dave Ommen
      January 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you! And you are correct, No. 33 should have been Connecticut (AAC rep). I’ve made the update.

  3. Nick Tursi
    January 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I respect what you do here but your putting way too much weight on home wins against RPI Top 50 opponents. You can’t reward Clemson for getting lucky by the ACC scheduling Gods for giving them home games against all the top tier ACC teams. The committee needs to award teams that win on the road. RPI Top 50 wins on the road should be worth at least 3 times more when evaluating these bubble teams

    • Dave Ommen
      January 18, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Nick, I wouldn’t call Clemson’s wins lucky, but schedule variations exist for sure. As noted in my column, Clemson still has a lot of work to do to stay in the Field – played a very poor non-conference schedule. But as of the posting, few other bubble teams had the Tigers’ wins – and they did beat Syracuse on the road. With four of next five away from home, the Tigers will sink or swim on their road performance. Also, their seeding is fragile, for them and many others. Appreciate your interest.

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