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NCAA Tournament Top 16 Seed Reveal: Time, TV schedule, preview

This is so dumb, but we’re watching anyway.

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In an effort to... drum up more excitement for the NCAA Tournament, apparently, Turner/CBS and the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee are unveiling current top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament field Saturday morning.

While it’s not inherently a bad idea, I would much prefer if they should show us the last four in/first four out right now instead. We can all pretty much already connect the dots on the top 16. Not to mention, the teams in the top 16 are virtual locks for the field, regardless of how this next month goes. Teams on the bubble are far more intriguing.

Per CBS’ release, here’s what you should expect:

The beginning of the 30-minute program will feature the unveiling of the current top-16 teams as of Feb. 11. NCAA Tournament chairman Mark Hollis will be on the show with host Greg Gumbel and analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis. The panel will discuss the seeding and selection process along with the teams and the reasoning behind the standings.

"We are excited about giving the fans a glimpse to what the men's basketball committee is thinking at this point of the season and creating a buzz as we look toward Selection Sunday," Hollis said. "It's important to recognize after this list has been released, there is still a significant portion of the regular season to be played and every league must stage its conference tournament. There's potential for quite a bit of movement until we do it for real March 12, but this early peek will give everyone insight as to where the committee stands as we hit the stretch run of the regular season."

Later in the show, CBS Sports Bracketologist Jerry Palm will join the panel to project his current field of 68 teams, analyze the entire field and discuss teams on the bubble of an NCAA Tournament berth.

How to watch or stream

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET


Streaming: CBS All Access