Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

The opening round of the conference tournaments has dramatically changed the at-large bid and seeding races for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding.


Below is an excerpt from the NCAA handbook on the primary criteria the three-person volleyball selection committee will use determines the at-large team and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

Automatic qualifiers will be determined by a method selected by each conference office. The remaining at-large team will be selected using the following criteria (in no priority order):
– Won-lost results;
– Head-to-head competition;
– Results versus non-conference opponents;
– Home and away results;
– Results against common opponents;
– Results against teams already qualified and other teams under consideration; and
– Eligibility and availability of student-athletes for NCAA championships.

The selection committee does not consider match results against NAIA teams. Only matches against NCAA teams factors into the criteria.

Some selection committees in the past have placed a greater emphasis on a certain categories. For instance, the 2010 committee said they placed a greater emphasis on head-to-head results and a team’s record against other teams being considered. However, there is no requirement that categories be weighed differently.

This season the selection committee will have the additional task of filling out a tournament field that expanded from four teams to six teams. The six-teams will include four conference automatic qualifiers and two at-large bids


The extra at-large bid and the tight conference races have also resulted in an more than usual amount of teams remaining under consideration for a spot in the tournament, according to the latest Off the Block projections.

Here’s how the at-large bids and tournament seeding races look right now using the selection committee criteria and giving equal weight to each category.

[Editor’s note: Teams projected to qualify or be under consideration are Loyola, BYU, Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Lewis, Ball State, IPFW, Penn State and Erskine. The amount of teams under consideration will continue to change as it gets closer to Selection Sunday on April 27.]

At-large bid (BYU vs. UC Santa Barbara)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; UC Santa Barbara 18-8. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; UC Santa Barbara 1-0. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Home record: BYU 12-0; UC Santa Barbara 13-2. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 7-6; UC Santa Barbara 5-6. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 18-5; UC Santa Barbara 17-7. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; UC Santa Barbara 3-3. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

At-large bid (BYU vs. Pepperdine)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; Pepperdine 19-6. Edge: Pepperdine
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; Pepperdine 0-0. Edge: Push
Home record: BYU 12-0; Pepperdine 12-2. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 7-8; Pepperdine 7-4. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 18-5; Pepperdine 18-5. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; Pepperdine 2-4. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (BYU vs. Stanford)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; Stanford 21-7. Edge: Stanford
Head-to-head competition: BYU won season series 2-0. Edge: BYU
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; Stanford 3-0. Edge: Stanford
Home record: BYU 12-0; Stanford 13-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 7-8; Stanford 7-4. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 16-7; Stanford 19-5. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; Stanford 4-3. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Stanford

At-large bid (BYU vs. IPFW)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; IPFW 21-6. Edge: IPFW
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; IPFW 11-1. Edge: IPFW
Home record: BYU 12-0; IPFW 14-2. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 7-8; IPFW 6-4. Edge: IPFW
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 3-2; IPFW 2-3. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; IPFW 1-6. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

At-large bid (BYU vs. Lewis)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; Lewis 21-6. Edge: Lewis
Head-to-head competition: Lewis won season series 1-0. Edge: Lewis
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; Lewis 9-3. Edge: Lewis
Home record: BYU 12-0; Lewis 14-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 7-8; Lewis 7-3. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 6-1; Lewis 2-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; Lewis 5-5. Edge: Push
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Lewis

At-large bid (UC Santa Barbara vs. Pepperdine)
Won-lost results:
UC Santa Barbara 18-8; Pepperdine 19-6. Edge: Pepperdine
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UC Santa Barbara 1-0; Pepperdine 0-0. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Home record: UC Santa Barbara 13-2; Pepperdine 12-2. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Road record: UC Santa Barbara 5-6; Pepperdine 7-4. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. common opponents: UC Santa Barbara 17-7; Pepperdine 18-5. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Santa Barbara 3-3; Pepperdine 2-4. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Pepperdine

At-large bid (UC Santa Barbara vs. Stanford)
Won-lost results:
UC Santa Barbara 18-8; Stanford 21-7. Edge: Stanford
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UC Santa Barbara 1-0; Stanford 3-0. Edge: Push
Home record: UC Santa Barbara 13-2; Stanford 13-3. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Road record: UC Santa Barbara 5-6; Stanford 7-4. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. common opponents: UC Santa Barbara 17-7; Stanford 18-6. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Santa Barbara 3-3; Stanford 4-3. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Stanford

At-large bid (UC Santa Barbara vs. IPFW)
Won-lost results:
UC Santa Barbara 18-8; IPFW 21-6. Edge: IPFW
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UC Santa Barbara 1-0; IPFW 11-1. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Home record: UC Santa Barbara 13-2; IPFW 14-2. Edge: IPFW
Road record: UC Santa Barbara 5-6; IPFW 6-4. Edge: IPFW
Record vs. common opponents: UC Santa Barbara 2-0; IPFW 1-0. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Santa Barbara 3-3; IPFW 1-6. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: IPFW

At-large bid (UC Santa Barbara vs. Lewis)
Won-lost results:
UC Santa Barbara 18-8; Lewis 21-6. Edge: Lewis
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UC Santa Barbara 1-0; Lewis 9-3. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Home record: UC Santa Barbara 13-2; Lewis 14-3. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Road record: UC Santa Barbara 5-6; Lewis 7-3. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: UC Santa Barbara 4-4; Lewis 2-2. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Santa Barbara 3-3; Lewis 5-5. Edge: Push
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (Pepperdine vs. Stanford)
Won-lost results:
Pepperdine 19-6; Stanford 21-7. Edge: Pepperdine
Head-to-head competition: Stanford leads season series 2-0. Edge: Stanford
Non-conference record: Pepperdine 0-0; Stanford 3-0. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Pepperdine 12-2; Stanford 13-3. Edge: Pepperdine
Road record: Pepperdine 7-4; Stanford 7-4. Edge: Push
Record vs. common opponents: Pepperdine 19-4; Stanford 17-7. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Pepperdine 2-4; Stanford 4-3. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (Pepperdine vs. IPFW)
Won-lost results:
Pepperdine 19-6; IPFW 21-6. Edge: IPFW
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Pepperdine 0-0; IPFW 11-1. Edge: IPFW
Home record: Pepperdine 12-2; IPFW 14-2. Edge: IPFW
Road record: Pepperdine 7-4; IPFW 6-4. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. common opponents: Pepperdine 2-0; IPFW 1-0. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Pepperdine 2-4; IPFW 1-6. Edge: Pepperdine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (Pepperdine vs. Lewis)
Won-lost results:
Pepperdine 19-6; Lewis 21-6. Edge: Lewis
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Pepperdine 0-0; Lewis 9-3. Edge: Lewis
Home record: Pepperdine 12-2; Lewis 14-3. Edge: Pepperdine
Road record: Pepperdine 7-4; Lewis 7-3. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: Pepperdine 4-3; Lewis 2-2. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Pepperdine 2-4; Lewis 5-5. Edge: Lewis
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Lewis

At-large bid (Stanford vs. IPFW)
Won-lost results:
Stanford 21-7; IPFW 21-6. Edge: IPFW
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Stanford 3-0; IPFW 11-1. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Stanford 13-3; IPFW 14-2. Edge: IPFW
Road record: Stanford 7-4; IPFW 6-5. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. common opponents: Stanford 4-0; IPFW 4-1. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Stanford 4-3; IPFW 1-6. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Stanford

At-large bid (Stanford vs. Lewis)
Won-lost results:
Stanford 21-7; Lewis 21-6. Edge: Lewis
Head-to-head competition: Stanford won season series 1-0. Edge: Stanford
Non-conference record: Stanford 3-0; Lewis 9-3. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Stanford 13-3; Lewis 14-3. Edge: Lewis
Road record: Stanford 7-4; Lewis 7-3. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: Stanford 6-2; Lewis 5-1. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Stanford 4-3; Lewis 5-5. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Lewis

At-large bid (IPFW vs. Lewis)
Won-lost results:
IPFW 21-6; Lewis 21-6. Edge: Push
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: IPFW 11-1; Lewis 9-3. Edge: IPFW
Home record: IPFW 14-2; Lewis 14-3. Edge: IPFW
Road record: IPFW 6-4; Lewis 7-3. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: Lewis 15-3; IPFW 13-5. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: IPFW 1-6; Lewis 5-5. Edge: Lewis
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Lewis

At-large bid (BYU vs. Ball State)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; Ball State 22-7. Edge: Ball State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; Ball State 11-3. Edge: Ball State
Home record: BYU 12-0; Ball State 14-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 7-8; Ball State 8-4. Edge: Ball State
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 2-2; Ball State 0-5. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; Ball State 2-5. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (UC Santa Barbara vs. Ball State)
Won-lost results:
UC Santa Barbara 18-8; Ball State 22-7. Edge: Ball State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UC Santa Barbara 1-0; Ball State 11-3. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Home record: UC Santa Barbara 13-2; Ball State 14-3. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Road record: UC Santa Barbara 5-6; Ball State 8-4. Edge: Ball State
Record vs. common opponents: UC Santa Barbara 0-2; Ball State 0-1. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Santa Barbara 3-3; Ball State 2-5. Edge: UC Santa Barbara
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Santa Barbara

At-large bid (Pepperdine vs. Ball State)
Won-lost results:
Pepperdine 19-6; Ball State 22-7. Edge: Ball State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Pepperdine 0-0; Ball State 11-3. Edge: Ball State
Home record: Pepperdine 13-2; Ball State 14-3. Edge: Pepperdine
Road record: Pepperdine 7-4; Ball State 8-4. Edge: Ball State
Record vs. common opponents: Pepperdine 1-1; Ball State 0-1. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Pepperdine 2-4; Ball State 2-5. Edge: Pepperdine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (Stanford vs. Ball State)
Won-lost results:
Stanford 21-7; Ball State 22-7. Edge: Ball State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Stanford 3-0; Ball State 11-3. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Stanford 13-3; Ball State 14-3. Edge: Ball State
Road record: Stanford 7-4; Ball State 8-4. Edge: Ball State
Record vs. common opponents: Stanford 4-0; Ball State 2-3. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Stanford 4-3; Ball State 2-5. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

At-large bid (IPFW vs. Ball State)
Won-lost results:
IPFW 21-6; Ball State 22-7. Edge: IPFW
Head-to-head competition: Ball State leads season series 2-0. Edge: Ball State
Non-conference record: IPFW 11-1; Ball State 11-3. Edge: IPFW
Home record: IPFW 14-2; Ball State 14-3. Edge: IPFW
Road record: IPFW 6-4; Ball State 8-4. Edge: Ball State
Record vs. common opponents: IPFW 20-4; Ball State 17-6. Edge: IPFW
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: IPFW 1-6; Ball State 2-5. Edge: Ball State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: IPFW

At-large bid (Lewis vs. Ball State)
Won-lost results:
Lewis 21-6; Ball State 22-7. Edge: Lewis
Head-to-head competition: Lewis leads season series 2-0. Edge: Lewis
Non-conference record: Lewis 9-3; Ball State 11-3. Edge: Ball State
Home record: Lewis 14-3; Ball State 14-3. Edge: Push
Road record: Lewis 7-3; Ball State 8-4. Edge: Lewis
Record vs. common opponents: Lewis 16-5; Ball State 16-5. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Lewis 5-5; Ball State 2-5. Edge: Lewis
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Lewis

POTENTIAL NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDING BATTLES

Seeding match-up (Loyola vs. Penn State)
Won-lost results:
Loyola 25-1; Penn State 22-6. Edge: Loyola
Head-to-head competition: Loyola won season series 1-0. Edge: Loyola
Non-conference record: Loyola 10-1; Penn State 9-5. Edge: Loyola
Home record: Loyola 15-1; Penn State 13-0. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Loyola 10-0; Penn State 7-5. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Loyola 14-0; Penn State 15-1. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Loyola 9-0; Penn State 3-2. Edge: Loyola
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Loyola

Seeding match-up (Loyola vs. BYU)
Won-lost results:
Loyola 25-1; BYU 19-8. Edge: Loyola
Head-to-head competition: Loyola won season series 1-0. Edge: Loyola
Non-conference record: Loyola 10-1; BYU 0-2. Edge: Loyola
Home record: Loyola 15-1; BYU 12-0. Edge: BYU
Road record: Loyola 10-0; BYU 7-8. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Loyola 3-1; BYU 5-1. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Loyola 9-0; BYU 4-4. Edge: Loyola
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Loyola

Seeding match-up (Loyola vs. Pepperdine)
Won-lost results:
Loyola 25-1; Pepperdine 19-6. Edge: Loyola
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Loyola 10-1; Pepperdine 0-0. Edge: Loyola
Home record: Loyola 15-1; Pepperdine 12-2. Edge: Loyola
Road record: Loyola 10-0; Pepperdine 7-4. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Loyola 2-1; Pepperdine 4-2. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Loyola 9-0; Pepperdine 2-4. Edge: Loyola
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Loyola

Seeding match-up (Loyola vs. Stanford)
Won-lost results:
Loyola 25-1; Stanford 21-7. Edge: Loyola
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Loyola 10-1; Stanford 3-0. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Loyola 15-1; Stanford 13-3. Edge: Loyola
Road record: Loyola 10-0; Stanford 7-4. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Loyola 6-1; Stanford 7-2. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Loyola 9-0; Stanford 4-3. Edge: Loyola
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Loyola

Seeding match-up (BYU vs. Penn State)
Won-lost results:
BYU 19-8; Penn State 22-6. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 0-2; Penn State 9-5. Edge: Penn State
Home record: BYU 12-0; Penn State 13-0. Edge: Push
Road record: BYU 7-8; Penn State 7-5. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 4-6; Penn State 2-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 4-4; Penn State 4-1. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Penn State

Seeding match-up (Penn State vs. Pepperdine)
Won-lost results:
Penn State 22-6; Pepperdine 19-6. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Penn State 9-5; Pepperdine 0-0. Edge: Penn State
Home record: Penn State 13-0; Pepperdine 12-2. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Pepperdine 7-4. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 1-3; Pepperdine 8-1. Edge: Pepperdine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Penn State 4-1; Pepperdine 2-4. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Penn State

Seeding match-up (Penn State vs. Stanford)
Won-lost results:
Penn State 22-6; Stanford 21-7. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Penn State 9-5; Stanford 3-0. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Penn State 13-0; Stanford 13-3. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Stanford 7-4. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 2-3; Stanford 4-4. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Penn State 4-1; Stanford 4-3. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Penn State

Seeding match-up (Penn State vs. Erskine)
Won-lost results:
Penn State 22-6; Erskine 20-6. Edge: Penn State
Head-to-head competition: Penn State won season series 1-0. Edge: Penn State
Non-conference record: Penn State 9-5; Erskine 5-4. Edge: Penn State
Home record: Penn State 13-0; Erskine 9-2. Edge: Penn State
Road record: Penn State 7-5; Erskine 8-4. Edge: Erskine
Record vs. common opponents: Penn State 8-1; Erskine 5-5. Edge: Penn State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Penn State 4-2; Erskine 0-3. Edge: Penn State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Penn State