Michigan, MSU both No 3. seeds in NCAA Tournament

Kansas Devonte Graham puts up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City Mo. Friday
Alabama gets a No. 9 seed, will face Virginia Tech

12 March, 2018

"I know guys like to talk about their indicators and their eye test, but the numbers are about as objective as you can get". They build momentum in either their conference tournament or the final part of the regular season and keep on rolling right across the bracket.

Basically, it's a sorting tool.

The RPI is then used in the quadrant system.

Quadrant 3: home against 76-160, neutral 101-200 and road 136-240.

But that is not all the committee looks at. Providence, seeking its fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth, has beaten Xavier twice and Villanova once this season and chalked up its fifth Quadrant 1 triumph. The selection committee had Wisconsin as an eighth seed after the Badgers finished second in the Big Ten and reached the conference tournament final. The 10-member committee met in NY and began combing through the tools at its disposal.

The Midwest's No. 16 seed is Penn (24-8), which won the Ivy League by defeating Harvard, 68-65, on Sunday.

According to Kenpom.com, the Bruins are the 5th tallest team in the NCAA. All votes are done by secret ballot.

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1 overall seed in the tournament and will headline the South Region.

Those seeds aren't locked in and can be moved by a majority vote.

No one can say there isn't time to discuss it. Next year, the Selection Show will go back to airing on CBS. It's the second year in a row the teams will meet in the final, and the third consecutive final for the Panthers. For bubble teams such as Arizona State, Louisville, Syracuse, Baylor, Marquette and St. Mary's, that's a problem.

Traditionally, teams with RPIs above 70 don't make the field. I am looking for the committee to shock us again as they do every year! The last time came in 2015. Virginia has remarkable defensive power and has been more consistent than any team in the nation.

This marks the 38th appearance all-time appearance for the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament and fourth time they have earned the No. 1 seed. Rinse and repeat until all 68 teams are seeded. If the Spartans can get to the regional final, they may face a Kansas team that beat them by 20 points in the second round past year. The Sooners' six Quadrant 1 wins, four in the top 20, should get them across the finish line, while the Sun Devils' six Quadrant 2 losses will likely be their undoing. There are, however, several geographical exceptions. The Spartans open up play against Bucknell, but will play its first two games of the tournament in Detroit.

Carolina's fairly recent switch to a small ball lineup (starting Cam Johnson and playing jack-of-all-trades Theo Pinson at the four) made them a potent offensive team and sparked their surge in February. Not only do we find out which teams are going dancing, but we find out where they're going and who they will play. The first three top seeds are locks. The first team out was Notre Dame, which played much of the season without its injured senior star Bonzie Colson.

On Sunday evening at 6 p.m. ET, TBS will air the bracket reveal live.

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