This year we are including the full Seed List with our bracket updates. As time permits I’ll try to update the list more frequently. The actual Seed List is updated daily. Early in the season, teams tend to move more freely and quickly as the overall body of work is smaller. Below are two tables used to display the current s-curve – a tool used by the Selection Committee to seed teams into the bracket.
A couple of things to note:
Teams listed in ALL CAPS are now teams who have earned an automatic conference bid to the tournament (with the exception of teams that use abbreviations like UCLA, LSU).
The S-Curve / 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. Although we’ve seen it with Wichita State and Gonzaga in recent years – and rightfully so – teams outside the major (Power 5) conferences have extra work to do in reaching the top two seed lines. Whether it’s RPI, KenPem or some other metric, a variety of factors go into a Seed List at the end of the season. The Seed List reflects the 68-team field – and next contenders – not the entire college hoops landscape.
Updated: March 15, 2015 | 5:46 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 15 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68 – FINAL|
|1. KENTUCKY||2. VILLANOVA||3. Duke||4. WISCONSIN|
|5. Virginia||6. ARIZONA||7. GONZAGA||8. Kansas|
|9. NOTRE DAME||10. IOWA STATE||11. Maryland||12. Oklahoma|
|13. North Carolina||14. Baylor||15. NORTHERN IOWA||16. Louisville|
|17. West Virginia||18. Wichita State||19. Arkansas||20. Providence|
|21. SMU||22. Butler||23.Georgetown||24. Michigan State|
|25. Utah||26. Xavier||27. Iowa||28. VCU|
|29. San Diego State||30. Oregon||31. NC State||32. Dayton|
|33. Ohio State||34. St. John’s||35. Cincinnati||36. Purdue|
|37. Oklahoma St||38. Georgia||39. LSU||40. Davidson|
|41. Mississippi||42. Indiana||43. Texas||44. Colorado State|
|45. Boise State||46. Temple||47. WYOMING||48. WOFFORD|
|49. S.F. AUSTIN||50. BUFFALO|
|51. VALPARAISO||52. HARVARD||53. GEORGIA ST||54. NEW MEXICO ST|
|55. UC-IRVINE||56. NO DAKOTA ST||57. E. WASHINGTON||58. ALBANY|
|59. NORTHEASTERN||60. BELMONT||61. TX-SOUTHERN||62. UAB|
|63. CO. CAROLINA||64. NO. FLORIDA||65. MANHATTAN||66. LAFAYETTE|
|67. ROBERT MORRIS||68. HAMPTON|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While BYU (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 seed list 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 – 80|
|69. BYU||70. Miami-FL||71. Texas AM||72. UCLA|
|73. Connecticut||74. Tulsa||75. Old Dominion||76. Murray State|
|77. Illinois||78. Rhode Island||79. Stanford||80. Richmond|
|81. Green Bay||82. Louisiana Tech|
Hopefully, you enjoy this addition to Bracketville. Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday.