This year’s selection committee has revealed their top-16 seeds, and I thought I’d spend a few minutes to share my observations.
• This committee seems to value NET rankings more than committees of the past. Of the top-13 teams ranked in the NET, 12 of them landed on the top-13 lines, with only Houston being left out.
• The teams who had the poorer predictive metrics were not given credit for their outstanding resumes. Case in point: Wisconsin and Providence. It was not a shock to see the Friars on the four-line but the 15th overall seed was lower than most expected. Wisconsin was the most puzzling seeding of the 16, as the Badgers certainly had the resume of a three-seed but were placed on the four-line by the committee.
• Texas Tech’s outstanding resume and sweep of Baylor was not rewarded by the committee. In fact, placing the Red Raiders as the 10-seed, five spots below Baylor, seemed a bit puzzling. They certainly had a more impressive resume than Duke and Villanova, who were seeded ahead of them.
• Speaking of Duke, the Blue Devils garnered the 8th overall seed, despite having only two wins against the top-25 teams in the NET. But those wins came against #1 Gonzaga and #3 Kentucky, which was enough for Duke to overcome a very average resume.
• It can be a bit dangerous reading too much into what the committee did. After all, this is a snapshot in time and these rankings can change quickly. But I do think it’s important to take notice of these decisions and keep them in the back of your mind as Selection Sunday grows nearer.
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LAST FOUR IN: San Diego State, SMU, Michigan, Memphis
FIRST FOUR OUT: Loyola, BYU, Indiana, Florida
NEXT FOUR OUT: Belmont, VCU, Kansas State, Oregon
CONFERENCES WITH MULTIPLE BIDS
BIG TEN: 8
BIG EAST: 7
BIG 12: 6