NCAA tweaks March Madness seeding rules for more flexibility

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee is making some changes to how it seeds teams for March Madness.

The committee will now have the flexibility to slide every team up or down the seed list, including the last four at-large teams selected. Until now, the last four teams voted into the tournament field had to participate in the First Four. Going forward, the last four at-large teams on the overall seed list will play in the First Four.

The committee will also now have more flexibility for handling the No. 2 seeds. The committee can now consider moving the team seeded fifth overall out of its natural geographic area, which will avoid the best No. 2 seed being placed in the same region as the top overall team. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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