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Seeding the NCAA Tournament field

All regular-season games have been played and now, it’s time for the NCAA Tournament. I tried to put a bracket together but with all the restrictions of who can play when and where, it was too big an undertaking to take on with a couple hours until selection time.  So instead, I’ll just give you the seeds as I have them, with the teams ranked in order within those seeds.

Again, I make no effort to replicate what the Selection Committee will do; these are just my own opinions of where I’d put teams. I try to rank them in order of “best résumé, which emphasizes getting big wins (teams that belong in the tournament field, with the bigger the giant killed, the more it helps you), avoiding bad losses (teams ranked 100 or below in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings) and doing well in the computer rankings (Pomeroy, Jeff Sagarin, RPI). When in doubt, the tie usually goes to the team with the bigger wins, or the team that did better if the teams played head-to-head.

Anyway, here you go…

1s: Florida, Arizona, Wichita St., Wisconsin

2s: Kansas, Virginia, Duke, Michigan

3s: Louisville, Villanova, Michigan St., Iowa St.

4s: Creighton, Syracuse, San Diego St., Cincinnati

5s: Ohio St., UCLA, Oklahoma, VCU

6s: Connecticut, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico

7s: Baylor, St. Louis, Oklahoma St., Oregon

8s: Memphis, Kentucky, Iowa, Kansas St.

9s: Massachusetts, Arizona St., George Washington, Colorado

10s: Pitt, Stanford, Nebraska, SMU

11s: Gonzaga, Tennessee, Xavier, Providence, St. Joe’s

12s: Minnesota, Florida St., Harvard, North Dakota St., Stephen F. Austin

13s: Manhattan, New Mexico St., Tulsa, North Carolina Central

14s: Mercer, Delaware, Western Michigan, American

15s: Louisiana-Lafayette, Eastern Kentucky, Milwaukee, Weber St.

16s: Albany, Wofford, Cal-Poly, Mt. St. Mary’s, Coastal Carolina, Texas Southern

Note: By virtue of being the last at-large teams picked, Tennessee and Xavier would be in one play-in game and Minnesota-Florida State in the other. Interestingly enough, the first two played twice and the last two, once. The last four 16s would be in the play-in game.