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:
Teams listed in BOLD are those currently noted as the automatic qualifier from that team’s conference. Tiebreakers are via RPI at time of publication if teams are tied in the loss column.
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 92, but it makes a good point now that we’re in February.
Updated: February 6, 2016 | 8:00 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 6 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68|
||2. North Carolina
|5. Villanova||6. Xavier||7. Virginia||8. Maryland|
|9. Michigan State
||10. Oregon||11. West Virginia||12. Texas AM|
|13. Iowa State||14. Purdue||15. Miami-FL
||18. USC||19. Baylor||20. Dayton|
|21. Utah||22. Kentucky||23. Indiana||24. Arizona|
|25. Duke||26. Wichita State||27. Pittsburgh||28. Notre Dame|
|29. Michigan||30. VCU||31. Colorado
|33. Florida||34. Cincinnati
||35. Connecticut||36. South Carolina|
|37. San Diego St||38. Clemson||39. Syracuse||40. California|
|41. Saint Mary’s||42. Gonzaga||43. Florida State||44. LSU|
|45. Seton Hall||46. Saint Joseph’s||47. Geo Washington||48. Monmouth|
|49. Valparaiso||50. Chattanooga|
|51. Ark-Little Rock
||53. Akron||54. Stony Brook
|55. NC-Wilmington||56. Belmont
||58. So Dakota St
|59. Yale||60. S.F. Austin
||61. North Florida
|63. New Mexico St
||64. Weber State||65. Hampton||66. Bucknell|
|67. Wagner||68. Tx-Southern|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While UCLA (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 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 – 92
|69. UCLA||70. Butler||71. Vanderbilt||72. Oregon State|
|73. Wisconsin||74. Georgetown||75. Texas Tech||76. Georgia|
|77. Temple||78. Kansas State||79. Stanford||80. Tulsa|
|81. BYU||82. St. Bonaventure||83. Marquette||84. Boise State|
|85. Alabama||86. Georgia Tech||87. Creighton||88. Ohio State|
|89. New Mexico||90. Arizona State||91. Houston||92. Virginia Tech|
Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.