Seed List

Below are two tables that display the current 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 in BOLD represent the automatic bid based on league results at the time of publication.

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 NET, 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  the Top 100 teams (at the time).

Updated: February 21, 2020  (6:30 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 21  |  1-68
1. Baylor 2. Kansas 3. Gonzaga 4. San Diego State
5. Maryland 6. Dayton 7. Duke 8. Florida State
9. Creighton 10. Seton Hall 11. Villanova 12. Penn State
13. Kentucky 14. Louisville 15. West Virginia 16. Oregon
17. Colorado 18. Auburn 19. Michigan State 20. Butler
21. Michigan 22. Iowa 23. Ohio State 24. Arizona
25. Marquette 26. BYU 27. Wisconsin 28. Illinois
29. Houston 30. Texas Tech 31. LSU 32. Saint Mary’s
33. Arizona State 34. Xavier 35. Florida 36. Indiana
37. Rutgers 38. Virginia 39. Oklahoma 40. Wichita State
41. Rhode Island 42. NC State 43. E. Tenn St 44. Utah State
45. USC 46. Richmond 47. Georgetown 48. No. Iowa
49. S.F. Austin 50. Liberty
51. Yale 52. Vermont 53. North Texas 54. Akron
55. N. Mexico St 56. So Dakota St 57. Wright State 58. Colgate
59. Austin Peay 60. Hofstra 61. Winthrop 62. UC-Irvine
63. Little Rock 64. Montana 65. Siena 66. PR View AM
67. St. Francis (PA) 68. Norfolk St

This is where the FIRST OUT at-large teams begin. As a reminder … automatic qualifiers have to be ranked within the Field of 68.

SEED LIST  | 69 – 80
69. Mississippi St 70. Stanford 71. Cincinnati 72. Purdue
73. Providence 74. South Carolina 75. Memphis 76. NC-Greensboro
77. Alabama 78. Tennessee 79. Arkansas 80. VCU


  1. croc
    January 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    BYU a 9 on the seed list, a 10 in the bracketology?

    • Dave Ommen
      January 31, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      BYU is a true 9 seed on the Seed List. However, the Cougars present certain bracketing challenges as they can only be slotted into Thursday-Saturday sites (cannot play on Sundays). Therefore, BYU sometimes has to be bumped a seed line to fulfill these obligations. That was the case this morning. BYU has to be in the West or Midwest Region because those Regionals are Thursday-Saturday. And BYU has to be in a Thursday-Saturday sub-regional (first two rounds). So spots can be very limited and today, there were no 9-seed options available because all of the 1-seeds except Gonzaga were in Friday-Sunday sites and BYU could not be placed that close to a conference opponent (Gonzaga) unless more than 8 teams from the conference were in the bracket. It’s something the Cougars have to live with, should they make it.

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