This year we are including the full Seed List with our bracket updates. As time permits I’ll try to update the list more frequently. The actual Seed List is updated daily. Early in the season, teams tend to move more freely and quickly as the overall body of work is smaller. 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:
Teams listed in ALL CAPS are those currently deemed to earn the automatic conference bid to the tournament (with the exception of teams that use abbreviations like UCLA, LSU).
The S-Curve / 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. Although we’ve seen it with Wichita State and Gonzaga in recent years – and rightfully so – teams outside the major (Power 5) conferences have extra work to do in reaching the top two seed lines. Whether it’s RPI, KenPem or some other metric, a variety of factors go into a Seed List at the end of the season. The Seed List reflects the 68-team field – and next contenders – not the entire college hoops landscape.
Updated: March 1, 2015
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 1 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. KENTUCKY||2. VIRGINIA||3. Duke||4. VILLANOVA|
|5. WISCONSIN||6. ARIZONA||7. GONZAGA||8. KANSAS|
|9. Maryland||10. Oklahoma||11. Baylor||12. Notre Dame|
|13. Louisville||14. Iowa State||15. Arkansas||16. Utah|
|17. WICHITA ST||18. North Carolina||19. Northern Iowa||20. West Virginia|
|21. Butler||22. SMU||23. Providence||24. Georgetown|
|25. St. John’s||26. Indiana||27. Michigan State||28. Iowa|
|29. Ohio State||30. VCU||31. SAN DIEGO ST||32. Dayton|
|33. Purdue||34. Georgia||35. Xavier||36. LSU|
|37. Cincinnati||38. Oklahoma State||39. NC State||40. Mississippi|
|41. Colorado State||42. Oregon||43. Texas AM||44. Boise State|
|45. BYU||46. Tulsa||47. Davidson||48. WOFFORD|
|49. MURRAY STATE||50. S.F. AUSTIN|
|51. LOUISIANA TECH||52. VALPARIASO||53. IONA||54. HARVARD|
|55. TOLEDO||56. NC-CENTRAL||57. HIGH POINT||58. UC-DAVIS|
|59. GEORGIA STATE||60. SO DAKOTA ST||61. NEW MEXICO ST||62. ALBANY|
|63. NORTHEASTERN||64. SACRAMENTO ST||65. NORTH FLORIDA||66. BUCKNELL|
|67. ST. FRANCIS (NY)||68. TX-SOUTHERN|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Illinois (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 seed list 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 – 82|
|69. Illinois||70. Temple||71. Stanford||72. Pittsburgh|
|73. Old Dominion||74. UCLA||75. Miami-FL||76. Texas|
|77. Rhode Island||78. Massachusetts||79. Connecticut||80. Kansas State|
|81. Richmond||82. Saint Mary’s|
Hopefully, you enjoy this new addition to Bracketville. Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.