S-Curve Rankings

The S-Curve rankings will be chronicled to give readers and viewers a ranking of the teams based on the overall field. The list will be used to reflect how the teams projected to take part in the 2018 NCAA Tournament are stacked up from 1-to-68.

The S-curve is most important for keeping each region balanced, the ideal being that each region will be equally strong. For example, the committee will try to ensure that the number 1 team on the seed list, the national #1 seed, will be in the same region as the weakest #2 seed. The committee tries to ensure that the top four seeds in each region are comparable to the top four teams in every other region. For example, if one region has the best #1 seed (#1 overall), the weakest #2 seed (#8 overall), the best #3 seed (#9 overall), and the weakest #4 seed (#16 overall), its seeds add up to 34, the ideal number.

This will be updated accordingly based on the day-to-day schedule of the teams that are attempting to secure a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

S-Curve Rankings 1-68

Last Updated: March 11, 2018 5:00PM EST

1. Virginia (1) 2. Villanova (1) 3. Kansas (1) 4. Xavier (1)
8. Cincinnati (2) 7. Purdue (2) 6. Duke (2) 5. North Carolina (2)
9. Tennessee (3) 10. Michigan St. (3) 11. Auburn (3) 12. Michigan (3)
16. Kentucky (4) 15. West Virginia (4) 14. Arizona (4) 13.  Wichita St. (4)
17. Texas Tech (5) 18. Gonzaga (5) 19. Clemson (5) 20. Ohio St. (5)
24. Miami (FL) (6) 23. Arkansas  (6) 22. Houston (6) 21. Florida (6)
25. Texas A&M (7) 26. TCU (7) 27. Seton Hall (7) 28. Rhode Island (7)
32. Providence (8) 31. Virginia Tech (8) 30. Nevada (8) 29. Missouri (8)
33. Kansas St. (9) 34. Alabama (9) 35. NC State (9) 36. Butler (9)
40. Texas (10) 39. UCLA (10) 38. Creighton (10) 37. Florida St. (10)
41. St. Bonaventure (11) 42. Oklahoma (11) 43. Loyola Chicago (11) 44. Arizona St.  (11)
48. Buffalo (12) 47. Murray St. (12) 46. New Mexico St. (11) 45. USC (11)
49. San Diego St. (12) 50. Davidson (12) 51. South Dakota St. (13) 52. Charleston (13)
56. Bucknell (14) 55. Montana (14) 54. Marshall (13) 53. UNC Greensboro (13)
57. Wright St. (14) 58. Stephen F. Austin (14) 59. Lipscomb (15) 60. Iona (15)
64. Radford (16) 63. UMBC (16) 62. Georgia St. (15) 61.  Penn (15)
65. CS Fullerton (16) 66. LIU Brooklyn (16) 67. NC Central (16) 68. Texas Southern 16)
Listed below will be those teams that are in the category of either being the FIRST FOUR OUT and NEXT FOUR OUT while competing with those programs that are currently the LAST FOUR IN.

The bubble is a very tedious spot to be in for these teams, as there are technically no locks and the list is always changing. The rankings will be from 69-to-76.

S-Curve Rankings 69-76

69. Louisville 70. St. Mary’s 71. Oklahoma St. 72. Syracuse
76. Baylor 75. Middle Tennessee 74. Notre Dame 73. Marquette

2018 NCAA Tournament Geography

As we approach Selection Sunday, we’re beginning to see a clearer picture of exactly the teams that will make the field of 68. So then begins the placement of those teams into the bracket.

At this present time, much emphasis is placed more on geography than that of an “S-Curve” ranking (Top #1 seed vs. Lowest #2 seed, etc.), by keeping teams closer to home as possible while still remaining on their true seed line. Geography is the supreme ruler during bracketing. While most, and it’s a high number, will disagree with that procedure, it is still the current system when creating an NCAA Tournament bracket. The top 16 teams are placed by region and then by sub-region.