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