The teams that earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are few and far between. Well, four out of 68 to be exact. Those are not good odds.
But for the teams who are given one of those coveted No. 1 seeds, it is the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work and, most importantly, wins.
Selection Sunday is one of the most important days of the basketball season, not just for bubble teams, but for top teams as well. Being selected as one of the best teams in the country makes the month of March significantly easier.
A No. 1 seed has never lost its first-round matchup with a No. 16 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament. Those teams often have the easiest road to the Final Four and a national championship.
In deciding what teams have earned the coveted first seeds, the committee looks at everything from strength of schedule to early season tournaments. Late-season games also play a crucial role.
Some teams have had a great season from beginning to end. Others, however, have faltered either early on or recently.
So which teams still have a shot at being chosen as one of the best four teams in the NCAA tournament? Let’s take a look.