0Below 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 23, 2017
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 23 SEED LIST RANKINGS | 1-68|
|1. Villanova||2. Kansas||3. North Carolina||4. Gonzaga|
|5. Baylor||6. Louisville||7. Oregon||8. Arizona|
|9. Florida||10. Kentucky||11. Florida State||12. Duke|
|13. Butler||14. UCLA||15. West Virginia||16. Purdue|
|17. Notre Dame||18. Cincinnati||19. Wisconsin||20. Virginia|
|21. Minnesota||22. Creighton||23. SMU||24. Saint Mary’s|
|25. Maryland||26. Iowa State||27. Oklahoma State||28. Virginia Tech|
|29. South Carolina||30. Miami-FL||31. Northwestern||32. Dayton|
|33. VCU||34. Xavier||35. Arkansas||36. Michigan|
|37. USC||38. Michigan State||39. Wichita State||40. Marquette|
|41. Mid Tenn St||42. Syracuse||43. Seton Hall||44. California|
|45. Providence||46. Kansas State||47. Illinois State||48. NC-Wilmington|
|49. Monmouth||50. UT-Arlington|
|51. Valparaiso||52. Nevada||53. Vermont||54. Princeton|
|55. Akron||56. E. Tennessee St||57. Belmont||58. Fla Gulf Coast|
|59. Bucknell||60. NC-Asheville||61. No. Dakota St||62. CSU-Bakersfield|
|63. Tx-Southern||64. North Dakota||65. NC-Central||66. New Orleans|
|67. UC-Irvine||68. Mt. St. Mary’s|
This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. While Wake Forest (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. Wake Forest||70. TCU||71. Georgia Tech||72. Rhode Island|
|73. Vanderbilt||74. Clemson||75. Alabama||76. Houston|
|77. Tennessee||78. Pittsburgh||79. Boise State||80. Indiana|
|81. Texas Tech||82. Georgia||83. Charleston||84. Ole Miss|
|85. Illinois||86. New Mexico St||87. Colorado State||88. Auburn|
Thanks for you continued interest. Please share your thoughts. That’s a huge part of the fun as we work toward Selection Sunday