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Resume boost: Kansas claims final No. 1 seed

Bill Self

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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 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 - ClevelandEAST - Syracuse
LouisvilleCharlotte
1) KENTUCKY1) VIRGINIA
16) BUCKNELL / NO. FLORIDA16) ALBANY / ROB MORRIS
8) Cincinnati8) Georgia
9) Stanford9) Oklahoma State
SeattleJacksonville
5) Baylor5) Butler
12) GREEN BAY12) Geo. Washington / Wyoming
4) VCU4) West Virginia
13) IONA13) WESTERN KENTUCKY
LouisvillePittsburgh
6) Providence6) Northern Iowa
11) Colorado State11) Kansas State
3) Iowa State3) VILLANOVA
14) KENT STATE14) WILLIAM & MARY
ColumbusOmaha
7) Indiana7) LSU
10) Xavier10) Miami-FL
2) Notre Dame2) WISCONSIN
15) GA. SOUTHERN15) SO. DAKOTA ST
SOUTH - HoustonWEST - Los Angeles
OmahaSeattle
1) KANSAS1) GONZAGA
16) TEXAS SOUTHERN16) NEW MEXICO ST
8) SMU8) SAN DIEGO ST
9) Iowa9) Dayton
PortlandPittsburgh
5) Utah5) Oklahoma
12) S.F. AUSTIN12) WOFFORD
4) WICHITA STATE4) Maryland
13) EASTERN WASHINGTON13) MURRAY STATE
ColumbusJacksonville
6) Georgetown6) Arkansas
11) Texas A&M / Old Dominion11) TULSA
3) Louisville3) North Carolina
14) NC CENTRAL14) YALE
CharlottePortland
7) Ohio State7) Texas
10) Seton Hall10) Michigan State
2) Duke2) ARIZONA
15) HIGH POINT15) 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)