The conference season is in full go now in college basketball. Mid January finds discussion of teams and possible NCAA tournamentinclusion starting in full. We here at Delphi Bracketology will help you understand the procedures and the selection process through this blog from here until the end of the tournament.
Today, we focus on seeding. Bracketologists all have different methods of selecting teams for mid-season brackets. We bracket teams as if the season were to end currently. We do not attempt to predict future results. As we use this method, we understand that changes will occur thoughout the rest of the season.
Each of 32 conferences get an automatic bid. That leaves 36 at large spots open to teams that did not win their conference. Delphi Bracketology has identified 22 conferences as likely one bid leagues. Meaning only the conference winner will advance to the NCAA. That leaves 46 spots from the top 10 conference to fill the bracket. We attempt to place those 46 in order 1-46 and the 22 one bid leagues after. We will move a one bid league team up as needed.
Once the entire field is selected, we then "scrubb" the teams, which means compare the team resumes to see what order is best. Here is an example of the scrubbing process.
Let's look at two resumes:
Team A: 11-4:
5-3 vs top 50 RPI, 2-0 vs 51-100 RPI, 1 sub 100 RPI loss, strength of schedule 26
Team B: 13-3
0-3 vs top 50 RPI, 3-0 vs 51-100 RPI, 0 sub 100 RPI loss, strength of schedule 127
Which team should be seeded higher? Need more info? Tweet us your answer. We will give you the team names in next blog. This is the process that we use to complete the field of 68 and to seed the teams. We will be sharing our seed lists and brackets as we go forward. Please let us know what you think.