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: February 18, 2017 | 6:15 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.
|FEBRUARY 18 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. Villanova||2. Kansas||3. Baylor||4. Gonzaga|
|5. North Carolina||6. Louisville||7. Oregon||8. Florida State|
|9. Arizona||10. Florida||11. Kentucky||12. Duke|
|13. UCLA||14. West Virginia||15. Virginia||16. Butler|
|17. Purdue||18. Notre Dame||19. Cincinnati||20. Maryland|
|21. Creighton||22. SMU||23. Wisconsin||24. South Carolina|
|25. Saint Mary’s||26. Northwestern||27. Iowa State||28. Xavier|
|29. Oklahoma State||30. Dayton||31. USC||32. Minnesota|
|33. Virginia Tech||34. VCU||35. Michigan State||36. Michigan|
|37. California||38. Syracuse||39. Miami-FL||40. Arkansas|
|41. Seton Hall||42. TCU||43. Wichita State||44. Mid Tenn St|
|45. Clemson||46. Kansas State||47. Illinois State||48. NC-Wilmington|
|49. Monmouth||50. Valparaiso|
|51. UT-Arlington||52. Akron||53. Nevada||54. Vermont|
|55. Belmont||56. Princeton||57. Fla Gulf Coast||58. NC-Asheville|
|59. Bucknell||60. Furman||61. No. Dakota St||62. CSU-Bakersfield|
|63. Tx-Southern||64. Weber State||65. New Orleans||66. NC-Central|
|67. UC-Davis||68. Mt. St. Mary’s|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Georgia Tech (in this case) isn’t rated lower than Mount 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 – 88
|69. Georgia Tech||70. Providence||71. Georgetown||72. Marquette|
|73. Texas Tech||74. Wake Forest||75. Indiana||76. Georgia|
|77. Tennessee||78. Rhode Island||79. Pittsburgh||80. Houston|
|81. Ole Miss||82. Boise State||83. Alabama||84. Utah|
|85. Auburn||86. Charleston||87. Ohio State||88. Penn State|
Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday