Seed List

Below are two tables that display the current 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 projected automatic conference qualifier, 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  the Top 100 teams (at the time)

Updated: February 19, 2018  | 7:30 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.

FEBRUARY 19  | 1-68
1. Virginia 2. Villanova 3. Xavier 4. Kansas
5. Auburn 6. Duke 7. North Carolina 8. Michigan State
9. Purdue 10. Texas Tech 11. Cincinnati 12. Clemson
13. Arizona 14. Tennessee 15. Wichita State 16. Gonzaga
17. West Virginia 18. Ohio State 19. Rhode Island 20. Michigan
21. Houston 22. Missouri 23. Alabama 24. Kentucky
25. Arizona State 26. Texas AM 27. Arkansas 28. Creighton
29. Oklahoma 30. Florida State 31. Miami-FL 32. Providence
33. Nevada 34. Seton Hall 35. Florida 36. Virginia Tech
37. TCU 38. NC State 39. Butler 40. Saint Mary’s
41. Kansas State 42. Texas 43. Washington 44. Baylor
45. St. Bonaventure 46. Syracuse 47. Mid Tennessee 48. N Mexico St
49. Loyola-CHI 50. Louisiana
51. E. Tenn St 52. So Dakota St 53. Belmont 54. Buffalo
55. Vermont 56. Rider 57. Charleston 58. Bucknell
59. UCSB 60. Montana 61. Wright State 62. Wagner
63. NC-Asheville 64. Penn 65. FL Gulf Coast 66. Nicholls
67. Savannah St 68. Southern

This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Syracuse (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Prairie View AM (per this update) automatic qualifiers have to be ranked within the Field of 68.


SEED LIST  | 69 – 88
69. UCLA 70. LSU 71. Louisville 72. Marquette
73. USC 74. Utah 75. Georgia 76. Notre Dame
77. Boise State 78. Penn State 79. Nebraska 80. Mississippi St
81. Temple 82. W. Kentucky 83. Boston College 84. UCF
85. Oklahoma St 86. Old Dominion 87. Maryland 88. Oregon

Thanks for following along. Anticipating another fun season of college hoops.

  1. Henry Muto
    January 27, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Ohio State is all over the map with most people. Joe at ESPN had them as a 2 seed before the Penn State loss, you had them as a 4 and others had them as a 6 and even seen a 7 seed before that game. I am looking forward to Feb 11 and seeing what the committee does with teams like Ohio State and Cincinnati. Are they really focusing on the new “group” wins or are they looking at the actual teams they beat. Cincy for example has a nice lot of group 1 wins but who have they really beaten ? Anyone that would be at large quality ? Ohio State only has 1 “group 1” win but a ton of group 2 wins and the Big 10 schedule has been setup perfect for them to win a lot of games until that heart breaker vs Penn State. Was really hoping for both Ohio State and Purdue to be unbeaten when they met.

    I think you have Cincy too high just based on the actual teams they beat. Group 1 wins include Buffalo, UCLA, Temple and UCF. In the old format only 2 of those wins would been group 1 and looking at your board Cincy has only 1 win vs at large quality teams (SMU and they are a bubble team).

  2. February 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    But unlike those around them UC hasn’t lost to anyone they shouldn’t have

  3. j
    February 6, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Indiana Hoosiers not in top 92? They are 80 on ken pom.

    • Dave Ommen
      February 6, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      First, thanks for your interest. Keep in mind, the Seed List isn’t a “ranking” in the sense of the AP/Coaches Poll nor a metric such as KenPom, Sagarin, BPI, ELO or others. It’s a list of teams based on overall resume at the time posted for potential at-large selection. Could Indiana end up on the final list? Sure. But right now, they remain several spots below the most current No. 92 team (down to about 100 teams at this point). IU is 13-12, is 2-7 in road games, has an RPI above 100, is 0-8 vs. Quadrant 1 teams, has beaten no current at-large teams in the field, and has two losses to both Quadrant 3 and Quadrant 4 opponents.

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