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:

In the preseason rankings, and throughout the season, teams listed in BOLD are those predicted to earn the automatic conference bid to the tournament, per how the bracket is put together.

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 100, but it makes a nice stopping point until mid-February, when the teams under consideration begins to shrink.

Updated: November 28, 2015  |  11:15 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. Kentucky 2. Michigan State
3. Maryland
4. Kansas
5. Duke 6. Oklahoma 7. Iowa State 8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Syracuse 11. Purdue 12. Oregon
13. Virginia 14. Vanderbilt 15. Texas AM
16. Gonzaga
17. West Virginia 18. Xavier 19. Connecticut 20. Miami-FL
21. Cincinnati 22. Baylor 23. Geo Washington 24. Butler
25. Providence 26. Utah 27. Dayton 28. Notre Dame
29. Arizona 30. Louisville 31. USC
32. Florida
33. Colorado State 34. Northern Iowa 35. Georgetown 36. Valparaiso
37. Colorado 38. So.Carolina 39. Pittsburgh 40. Wake Forest
41. Iowa 42. Richmond 43. St. Joseph’s 44. Monmouth
45. Tulsa 46. Michigan 47. Wisconsin 48. Marquette
49. VCU 50. William-Mary
51. Louisiana Tech
52. Chattanooga
53. So Dakota St
54. Belmont
55. UC-Irvine
56. North Florida
57. UL-Lafayette
58. Yale
59. Akron 60. Stony Brook
61. SF Austin
62. N. Mexico St
63. Weber State
64. Radford 65. Bucknell 66. Southern
67. Hampton 68. Mt. St. Mary’s

This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While California (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Mt. St. Mary’s, 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. California 70. LSU 71. San Diego St 72. Indiana
73. UNLV 74. Wichita State 75. Oregon State 76. Arizona State
77. BYU 78. Texas 79. Florida State 80. UCLA
81. Washington 82. Memphis 83. Evansville 84. Rhode Island
85. Davidson 86. Boise State 87. Oklahoma St 88. Auburn
89. Northwestern 90. NC State 91. Temple 92. Houston
93. W. Illinois 94. Utah State 95. Fresno State 96. Seton Hall
97. Kansas State 98. Old Dominion 99. UTEP 100. Northeastern

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

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