Stealing an idea from the College Football Playoff Committee, the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee released the top 16 seeds — if the tournament field were selected on Saturday — and that list included two Southeastern Conference teams.
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Florida Gators would both be 3-seeds if the field were selected today. That’s a slight surprise if you go off the current AP Top 25, which ranks Kentucky 15th and Florida 17th, while the Selection Committee thinks both are somewhere between 9 and 12. But Florida currently ranks 7th in the RPI, while the Gators are 6th in KenPom and the Wildcats are 7th.
Notable in its absence? South Carolina. The Gamecocks are currently tied in the SEC standings with Kentucky and Florida and have an identical 19-5 overall record — but computers don’t like the Gamecocks as much, as they’re currently 25th in RPI and 27th in KenPom. SB Nation’s resident bracketologist Chris Dobbertean had the Gamecocks as a 6 seed in his most recent bracket on Monday, and the Gamecocks have since lost to Alabama at home.
Of course, there’s still a month to play until Selection Sunday, so all of these things could change.