NCAA men's basketball selection committee reveals current top 16

FSU will be in action on Saturday night at Notre Dame.

Selection Sunday is about four weeks away, and the Big Ten has a lot of work to do.

The top 16 teams in college basketball now know where they stand. Here are my five big takeaways from the unveiling.

At this time past year, Iowa was cruising toward a No. 1 seed and Wisconsin was in jeopardy of missing the field altogether.

Wisconsin F Ethan Happ and the Badgers can still make a top four seed line.

Bracketologists this past week had FSU as high as a No. 2 and as low as a No. 3 seed. Kentucky, which has struggled recently, is also 5-5.

The beginning of the 30-minute program will feature the unveiling of the current top-16 teams as of February 11.

The No. 1 seeds are defending national champions Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga. Gonzaga was the final top regional seed, slotted in the West bracket that winds up in San Jose, Calif.


In last week's Bracket Watch, we explained why the ranking of the ACC's top teams will be the single most important factor as the committee builds the bracket. "The separation is great". That will be the case for the top-four teams in the ACC, which actually had five of its members included in Saturday's reveal.

Villanova is the top-rated team in the country according to the Division I men's basketball committee, which revealed a bracket of the best 16 teams this afternoon on CBS.

February 28: Florida State at Duke. Palm listed the Spartans as a No. 11, seed among the final teams the 68-team field, with an East Region First Four matchup against Syracuse in Dayton, Ohio. This is where the dominoes start to fall. The most interesting part, though, were two other teams in that region: Louisville and Kentucky.

The dominoes won't stop falling there.

"What the committee will do is they'll put a little bit more weight on what they did with him than without him, ".

Let's use the rankings on kenpom.com as our prism for viewing the impact of the analytics crowd.

The No. 2 seeds, in order, are North Carolina (South), Florida State (Louisville) and Oregon (West).

West Virginia was the other Big 12 team picked, a No. 4 seed.

  • Stacy Allen