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: March 13, 2015 | 5:10 p.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.
|MARCH 13 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68 FINAL|
|1. Kansas||2. North Carolina||3. Virginia||4. Michigan State|
|5. Oregon||6. Villanova||7. Oklahoma||8. West Virginia|
|9. Xavier||10. Miami||11. Utah||12. Purdue|
|13. Indiana||14. Kentucky||15. Texas AM||16. California|
|17. Iowa State||18. Maryland||19. Arizona||20. Duke|
|21. Baylor||22. Texas||23. Seton Hall||24. Notre Dame|
|25. Iowa||26. Providence||27. Dayton||28. Colorado|
|29. Wisconsin||30. Texas Tech||31. Oregon State||32. USC|
|33. Saint Joseph’s||34. Butler||35. Cincinnati||36. Connecticut|
|37. Pittsburgh||38. VCU||39. St. Bonaventure||40. Gonzaga|
|41. Wichita State||42. Monmouth||43. Temple||44. Syracuse|
|45. Michigan||46. Chattanooga||47. Ark-Little Rock||48. Northern Iowa|
|49. Stony Brook||50. So Dakota St|
|51. Iona||52. Yale||53. NC-Wilmington||54. Hawaii|
|55. S.F. Austin||56. Fresno State||57. Mid Tennessee||58. Buffalo|
|59. Green Bay||60. CSU-Bakersfield||61. Weber State||62. NC-Asheville|
|63. Hampton||64. Austin Peay||65. Southern||66. Fla Gulf Cst|
|67. Fair-Dickinson||68. Holy Cross|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While South Carolina (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Holy Cross, 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.
|S-CURVE RANKINGS | 69 – 76
|69. South Carolina||70. Saint Mary’s||71. San Diego St||72. Vanderbilt|
|73. Florida||74. Valparaiso||75. Geo Washington||76. Georgia|
Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.