The ultimate Bracketology team that is the Selection Committee has given us their top 16 seeds. Which ones are most likely to win it all this season?
One of the cooler new traditions in college basketball is the NCAA Selection Committee giving us a glimpse into their process by presenting an early bracket reveal of the top 16 overall seeds if the NCAA Tournament started today. For many involved in Bracketology, it creates a baseline to work with, in an effort to predict what the committee will do in the next five weeks.
There weren’t too many surprises in the release on Saturday afternoon, with Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State all landing No. 1 seeds. In the battle for the West Region spot, it was the Bulldogs who got it, forcing the Aztecs to potentially travel to the East Region and possibly facing Duke in Madison Square Garden in an Elite Eight matchup.
The Blue Devils were one of the teams given a 2 seed, along with West Virginia, Louisville and Dayton. On the 3 line, Maryland, Florida State, and Big East squads Seton Hall and Villanova got the nod. Rounding out the group was Auburn, Michigan State, Oregon and Butler as the 4 seeds.
An argument can be made that teams such as Kentucky and Penn State were left out but it already doesn’t matter. Several of the teams from the initial top-16 released have already lost games this past weekend, so the shakeup has already started.
As far as those 16 teams go, who has the best shot of winning it all? And who is most likely to drop out early in an upset? Here’s how these teams are ranked from worst to first in terms of the odds of cutting down the final set of nets.