On Saturday, the NCAA Selection Committee revealed the current top-16 teams. I’m going to break down their initial seeding and share my thoughts.
One-Seeds: Alabama, Houston, Purdue, Kansas
I had the same teams on the one-line, just in a different order. The committee valued Houston’s top NET ranking and their No. 1 predictive metrics. Considering Kansas’ tremendous resume, I was surprised by them only being ranked fourth.
Two-Seeds: Texas, Arizona, Baylor, UCLA
Again, no issues here with the teams on the line, just the order. I thought the resume of Baylor’s was enough to have them at the top of the line.
Three-Seeds: Tennessee, Virginia, Iowa State, Kansas State
Tennessee and Virginia match up with my rankings. Iowa State was a borderline three-seed for me, so I have no real issue there — but Kansas State was mis-seeded. The Wildcats have a good resume but that non-conference strength of schedule concerns me when comparing them to the teams below them. In my mind, K-State should be on the bottom of the four-line.
Four-Seeds: Indiana, Marquette, Gonzaga, Xavier
No question that the biggest miss by the committee was the omission of UConn. It’s hard to imagine how the Huskies could be seeded four spots below Indiana. I also felt strongly that Marquette and Gonzaga belonged on the three-line.
There are still plenty of big games to be played over the next three weeks before Selection Sunday. While you might see a reshuffling of this order, history tells us that most of these programs will remain somewhere on these four lines.
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LAST FOUR IN: West Virginia, USC, Wisconsin, Mississippi State
FIRST FOUR OUT: Utah State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Michigan
NEXT FOUR OUT: Seton Hall, New Mexico, Penn State, North Texas
CONFERENCES WITH MULTIPLE BIDS
Big Ten: 9
Big 12: 8
Big East: 5