Mar 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta sits on the scorer

2013 NCAA Tournament: How the Committee Ranked the Teams 1-68

The selection committee is inviting you to scrutinize, over-analyze and lambaste the 2013 NCAA tournament bracket. The panel is even offering its own critics extra ammunition.

Moments after the complete 68-team field was unveiled, committee chairman Mike Bobinski pulled back the curtain on the baseline his staff used to cobble together the [poorly done] tournament bracket. Naturally, the full-access tour exposed even more inconsistencies with the selection process, seedings, and pairings.

Before determining seeds and pairings teams, the committee ranked all 68 teams in the field [supposedly] according to their full bodies of work. The rankings were as follows:

  1. Louisville
  2. Kansas
  3. Indiana
  4. Gonzaga
  5. Miami (FL)
  6. Duke
  7. Georgetown
  8. Ohio St.
  9. New Mexico
  10. Florida
  11. Michigan St.
  12. Marquette
  13. Michigan
  14. Kansas St.
  15. Saint Louis
  16. Syracuse
  17. Oklahoma St.
  18. UNLV
  19. Wisconsin
  20. VCU
  21. Arizona
  22. Butler
  23. Memphis
  24. UCLA
  25. Creighton
  26. San Diego St.
  27. Notre Dame
  28. Illinois
  29. North Carolina
  30. Colorado St.
  31. Pittsburgh
  32. North Carolina St.
  33. Missouri
  34. Temple
  35. Wichita St.
  36. Colorado
  37. Cincinnati
  38. Villanova
  39. Iowa St.
  40. Oklahoma
  41. Minnesota
  42. California
  43. Oregon
  44. Belmont
  45. Boise St.
  46. St. Mary’s (CA)
  47. Ole Miss
  48. Bucknell
  49. La Salle
  50. Middle Tenn.
  51. Akron
  52. New Mexico St.
  53. South Dakota St.
  54. Montana
  55. Davidson
  56. Valparaiso
  57. Northwestern St.
  58. Harvard
  59. FGCU
  60. Pacific
  61. Iona
  62. Albany (NY)
  63. Western Ky.
  64. Southern U.
  65. LIU Brooklyn
  66. James Madison
  67. N.C. A&T
  68. Liberty


You’ll notice the days of the S-curve by ranking are long gone, as the lowest-ranked 1-seed (Gonzaga) ended up with the lowest No. 2 (Ohio State). Geographical preference takes priority in constructing the regions, which explains why the Midwest is so lopsided and West so diluted.

As if the ordering of the teams from top to bottom isn’t bad enough, some of the regional pairings derived from this list are even more objectionable (the No. 1 overall seed drawing the second-best No. 2, for example).

Welcome to March Madness — 2013 edition — where this year’s selection committee ranks somewhere below Liberty.

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