Resume boost: Kansas claims final No. 1 seed

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Kansas finds itself in familiar territory heading into Super Bowl weekend.  Thanks to a resume that includes 11 Top 100 RPI wins and the nation’s top-rated (overall) strength of schedule, the Jayhawks claim the final No. 1 seed in today’s bracket.  KU also leads the Big 12, arguably the deepest conference in college basketball.

Kentucky and Virginia remain firmly entrenched as the top two seeds.  And Gonzaga keeps it’s hold on the West, but will be challenged for that spot as we march toward Selection Sunday.  Those also pushing the top line: Arizona and Wisconsin.  Notre Dame continues its climb.  But it’s worth noting that a weak non-conference SOS could ultimately impact the Irish’s final landing spot.

As for teams around the cutline, it’s a muddled mess.  Resumes resemble Swiss cheese; in other words, it’s not difficult to find the holes.  It’s also a bit odd to find teams such as Syracuse, Michigan, Connecticut, and Florida on the outside looking in.  Will one of them make a February run?  The clock is ticking.

UPDATED: January 30, 2015

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid.  In the event of a tie in the loss column, RPI is the first tiebreaker used. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).

Several new bracketing principles were introduced last year. You can read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Texas A&M vs. Old Dominion South Region
  • George Washington vs. Wyoming | East Region
  • ALBANY vs. ROBERT MORRIS East Region
  • BUCKNELL vs. NORTH FLORIDA Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWEST – Cleveland                     EAST Syracuse                                  
Louisville Charlotte
1) KENTUCKY 1) VIRGINIA
16) BUCKNELL / NO. FLORIDA 16) ALBANY / ROB MORRIS
8) Cincinnati 8) Georgia
9) Stanford 9) Oklahoma State
Seattle Jacksonville
5) Baylor 5) Butler
12) GREEN BAY 12) Geo. Washington / Wyoming
4) VCU 4) West Virginia
13) IONA 13) WESTERN KENTUCKY
Louisville Pittsburgh
6) Providence 6) Northern Iowa
11) Colorado State 11) Kansas State
3) Iowa State 3) VILLANOVA
14) KENT STATE 14) WILLIAM & MARY
Columbus Omaha
7) Indiana 7) LSU
10) Xavier 10) Miami-FL
2) Notre Dame 2) WISCONSIN
15) GA. SOUTHERN 15) SO. DAKOTA ST
SOUTH – Houston WEST – Los Angeles                        
Omaha Seattle
1) KANSAS 1) GONZAGA
16) TEXAS SOUTHERN 16) NEW MEXICO ST
8) SMU 8) SAN DIEGO ST
9) Iowa 9) Dayton
Portland Pittsburgh
5) Utah 5) Oklahoma
12) S.F. AUSTIN 12) WOFFORD
4) WICHITA STATE 4) Maryland
13) EASTERN WASHINGTON 13) MURRAY STATE
Columbus Jacksonville
6) Georgetown 6) Arkansas
11) Texas A&M / Old Dominion 11) TULSA
3) Louisville 3) North Carolina
14) NC CENTRAL 14) YALE
Charlotte Portland
7) Ohio State 7) Texas
10) Seton Hall 10) Michigan State
2) Duke 2) ARIZONA
15) HIGH POINT 15) LONG BEACH ST

NOTES on the BRACKET: Kentucky is the overall No. 1 seed followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, and Kansas. Next in line: Arizona, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Duke

Last Five teams in (at large): Kansas State, Texas AM, Wyoming, George Washington, Old Dominion

First Five teams out (at large): NC State, Davidson, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Michigan

Next five teams out (at large): Purdue, St. John’s, Saint Mary’s, Illinois, Washington

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 12 (7): Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State

ACC (6): Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Louisville, Miami-FL

Big East (6): Villanova, Georgetown, Butler, Providence, Seton Hall, Xavier

Big 10 (6): Wisconsin, Maryland, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa

SEC (5): Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Texas AM

Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Utah, Stanford

Atlantic 10 (3): VCU, Dayton, George Washington

American (3): Tulsa, Cincinnati, SMU

Mountain West (3): San Diego State, Colorado State, Wyoming

Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Northern Iowa

Conference USA (2): Western Kentucky, Old Dominion

West Coast (1): Gonzaga

ONE BID LEAGUES: Georgia Southern (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Eastern Washington (BSKY), Green Bay (HZN), S.F. Austin (SLND), Wofford (STHN), Long Beach State (BWEST), Kent State (MAC), Iona (MAAC), North Florida (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), High Point (BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Albany (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)