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:
In the preseason rankings, and throughout the season, teams listed in BOLD are those predicted to earn the automatic conference bid to the tournament, per how the bracket is put together.
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 100, but it makes a nice stopping point until mid-February, when the teams under consideration begins to shrink.
Updated: November 28, 2015 | 11:15 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.
|NOVEMBER 28 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. Kentucky||2. Michigan State
|5. Duke||6. Oklahoma||7. Iowa State||8. Villanova|
|9. North Carolina
||10. Syracuse||11. Purdue||12. Oregon|
|13. Virginia||14. Vanderbilt||15. Texas AM
|17. West Virginia||18. Xavier||19. Connecticut||20. Miami-FL|
|21. Cincinnati||22. Baylor||23. Geo Washington||24. Butler|
|25. Providence||26. Utah||27. Dayton||28. Notre Dame|
|29. Arizona||30. Louisville||31. USC
|33. Colorado State||34. Northern Iowa||35. Georgetown||36. Valparaiso|
|37. Colorado||38. So.Carolina||39. Pittsburgh||40. Wake Forest|
|41. Iowa||42. Richmond||43. St. Joseph’s||44. Monmouth|
|45. Tulsa||46. Michigan||47. Wisconsin||48. Marquette|
|49. VCU||50. William-Mary
|51. Louisiana Tech
||53. So Dakota St
||56. North Florida
|59. Akron||60. Stony Brook
||61. SF Austin
||62. N. Mexico St
|63. Weber State
||64. Radford||65. Bucknell||66. Southern|
|67. Hampton||68. Mt. St. Mary’s|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While California (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Mt. St. Mary’s, 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. California||70. LSU||71. San Diego St||72. Indiana|
|73. UNLV||74. Wichita State||75. Oregon State||76. Arizona State|
|77. BYU||78. Texas||79. Florida State||80. UCLA|
|81. Washington||82. Memphis||83. Evansville||84. Rhode Island|
|85. Davidson||86. Boise State||87. Oklahoma St||88. Auburn|
|89. Northwestern||90. NC State||91. Temple||92. Houston|
|93. W. Illinois||94. Utah State||95. Fresno State||96. Seton Hall|
|97. Kansas State||98. Old Dominion||99. UTEP||100. Northeastern|
Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.