In an effort to. drum up more excitement for the NCAA Tournament, apparently, Turner/CBS and the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee are unveiling current top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament field Saturday morning. West Virginia, KenPom's fourth-ranked team, is the No. 4 seed in the West Region.
The committee put five (5) ACC teams into the initial release of the Top 16 overall teams in college basketball. Right now, that region has the Kansas Jayhawks as the 1-seed, the Florida State Seminoles as the 2-seed, and the Duke Blue Devils on the 4-line. Kansas (21-3), No. 3 in the AP poll, is the top seed in the Midwest and would play in Kansas City. That begins with Saturday's matchup at Notre Dame. By planting a flag, the committee showed the college basketball community what it values most when building the bracket.
But, one thing appears clear: UCLA needs to win out the rest of the way and win the Pac-12 Tournament in order to improve their seeding when the final seedings are announced next month.
At this time past year, Iowa was cruising toward a No. 1 seed and Wisconsin was in jeopardy of missing the field altogether.
The Louisville Cardinals as well as the overall No. 1 seed, Villanova Wildcats join Big Blue in NY.
This year, the closest is the East Regional in NY, and for 'Nova, who won last year as the No. 2 seed in the South Region, that's exactly where they'd decide to play, according to the committee. "There are more than 1,300 games left before Selection Sunday so how these teams are seeded and where they will ultimately be sent to play in the tournament remains a mystery". Florida State was sent to Kansas City, a region headed by Kansas, with Louisville joining Villanova in NY.
At this point, "the ones are clearly the ones", said Mark Hollis, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee chairman. While Wisconsin and Purdue will be safely in the field, this could be awful news for the conference's bubble teams, such as Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan. Wisconsin and Purdue, the league's top two teams, are both on the outside looking in.
CBS host Greg Gubmel said Hollis will return to the network in four weeks for the March 12 show that airs after the Big Ten Tournament championship game.