Gonzaga received a No. 1 seed but was fourth overall when the selection committee unveiled its top 16 seeds on Saturday’s “March Madness Bracket Preview Show.”
Second-ranked Villanova was the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga. The undefeated and top-ranked Zags were the top seed in the West Region in San Jose.
Asked about Gonzaga being the fourth overall seed, committee chair Mark Hollis said, “An unblemished record is obviously something that put them on the one line. There’s a lot to play, I think there’s going to be movement. I think those No. 1s are very solid on that line as of (Saturday).”
The 30-minute bracket preview show on CBS offered a snapshot of the top 16 seeds through Friday’s games. Within hours, the seedings could become outdated depending on Saturday’s game results.
There are roughly 1,300 games before Selection Sunday on March 12.
No. 20 Saint Mary’s, which entertains Gonzaga later Saturday, didn’t make the top 16.
The rest of the West Region included second-seeded Oregon, No. 3 Virginia and No. 4 West Virginia.
Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina received two seeds. Kentucky, Arizona and Florida were three seeds. UCLA, Butler and Duke were four seeds.
Hollis said Creighton, Wisconsin, Purdue and Cincinnati were teams that were close to making the top 16.
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