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<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01columnists/gswindoll.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="161"> Will Mississippi State receive a number 1 seed by the NCAA basketball selection committee?

I'll admit beforehand that I don't know how the NCAA committee selects seeding. What I'm going to do is look at several criteria such as current poll rankings, team RPI, conference RPI, ranked teams in conference, strength of schedule, last 10 games record, road record, record against current top 25 ranked teams and come up with my own seeding.

Current Poll Ranking:
1) Stanford
2) St. Joe's
3) Duke
4) Gonzaga
5) Mississippi State
6) Pittsburgh
7) Oklahoma State
8) Connecticut
9) Kentucky
10) Texas

Team RPI:
1) Duke - 1
2) St. Joe's - 2
3) Kentucky -3
4) Mississippi State - 4
5) Stanford - 5
6) Texas - 6
7) Pittsburgh - 9
8) Connecticut - 10
9) Gonzaga - 11
10) Oklahoma State - 15

Conference RPI:
1) Duke - 1
2) Mississippi State - 2
2) Kentucky - 2
3) Pittsburgh - 3
3) Connecticut - 3
4) Oklahoma State - 4
4) Texas - 4
5) Stanford - 9
6) St. Joe's - 11
7) Gonzaga - NR

Ranked Teams in conference:
1) Duke - 5
2) Connecticut - 4
2) Pittsburgh - 4
3) Oklahoma State- 3
3) Texas - 3
4) Mississippi State - 2
4) Stanford - 2
4) Kentucky - 2
5) St. Joe's - 1
5) Gonzaga - 1

Strength of schedule:
1) Duke - 5
2) Kentucky - 9
3) Texas - 24
4) St. Joe's - 31
5) Connecticut - 38
6) Mississippi State - 41
7) Pittsburgh - 62
8) Oklahoma State - 72
9) Gonzaga - 90
10) Stanford - 98

Record in last 10 games:
1) St. Joe's - 10-0
1) Gonzaga - 10-0
2) Stanford - 9-1
2) Mississippi State - 9-1
2) Oklahoma State - 9-1
2) Kentucky - 9-1
3) Pittsburgh - 8-2
4) Duke - 7-3
4) Connecticut - 7-3
4) Texas - 7-3

Road record:
1) St. Joe's - 15-0
2) Mississippi State - 13-0
3) Stanford - 10-1
4) Gonzaga - 11-2
4) Kentucky - 11-2
5) Duke - 8-2
6) Pittsburgh - 7-2
7) Oklahoma State - 7-3
8) Connecticut - 6-4
8) Texas - 6-4

Record against current top 25 teams:
1) Stanford - 4-0
2) Oklahoma State - 3-0
3) St. Joe's - 1-0
4) Duke - 6-3
5) Pittsburgh - 3-2
6) Kentucky - 2-1
7) Texas - 3-4
8) Connecticut - 2-5
9) Mississippi State - 0-1
10) Gonzaga - 0-2


Now, what'll I do is give the top number in each category the highest rankings and the lowest number in each category the lowest rankings. Then, I'll add them all together and come up with their seeds. Of course, this will change when today's poll rankings come out and the new RPI and SOS rankings come out.

Number 1 Seeds:

  • Duke 3+1+1+1+1+4+5+4=20
  • St. Joe's 2+2+6+5+4+1+1+3=24
  • Stanford 1+5+5+4+10+2+3+1=31
  • Kentucky 9+3+2+4+2+2+4+6=32

    Number 2 Seeds:

  • Mississippi State 5+4+2+4+6+2+2+9=34
  • Pittsburgh 6+7+3+2+7+3+6+5=39
  • Oklahoma State 7+10+4+3+8+2+7+2=43
  • Texas 10+6+4+3+3+4+8+7=45

    Number 3 Seeds:

  • Connecticut 8+8+3+2+5+4+8+8=46
  • Gonzaga 4+9+7+5+9+1+4+10=49


    Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


    Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


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