Seed List

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 those noted as the automatic conference qualifier for the tournament, per how the bracket is put together.

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: January 16, 2017

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.

JANUARY 16  SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68
1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Baylor 4. UCLA
5. Kentucky 6. Gonzaga 7. Florida State 8. Creighton
9. North Carolina 10. Louisville 11. Notre Dame 12. Butler
13. West Virginia 14. Oregon 15. Virginia 16. Arizona
17. Duke 18. Florida 19. Wisconsin 20. Cincinnati
21. Purdue 22. Maryland 23. Minnesota 24. Saint Mary’s
25. Xavier 26. SMU 27. South Carolina 28. Michigan State
29. USC 30. Northwestern 31. Dayton 32. Indiana
33. Arkansas 34. Clemson 35. Virginia Tech 36. TCU
37. Iowa State 38. Seton Hall 39. Miami-FL 40. Mid Tenn St
41. NC-Wilmington 42. Pittsburgh 43. Illinois 44. VCU
45. Michigan 46. Marquette 47. Illinois State 48. Nevada
49. Vermont 50. Akron
51. N. Mexico St 52. Richmond 53. Chattanooga 54. Fla Gulf Cst
55. Monmouth 56. Belmont 57. NC-Asheville 58. Ga-Southern
59. Princeton 60. Green Bay 61. Boston Univ 62. No. Dakota St
63. Tx-Southern 64. UC-Irvine 65. New Orleans 66. Weber State
67. Mt. St. Mary’s 68. Hampton

This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Texas Tech (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Hampton, 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 – 100
69. Texas Tech 70. Kansas State 71. California 72. Rhode Island
73. Georgia 74. Penn State 75. Wichita State 76. Houston
77. NC State 78. Nebraska 79. Wake Forest 80. UCF
81. Oklahoma St 82. Ohio State 83. Utah 84. Valparaiso
85. Georgia Tech 86. Mississippi St 87. Providence 88. Alabama
89. Charleston 90. La Salle 91. Memphis 92. Georgetown
93. UT-Arlington 94. BYU 95. Ole Miss 96. Syracuse
97. Tennessee 98. Boise State 99. Oakland 100. Texas AM

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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