With Selection Saturday less than a week away, there still remains a little chaos left to be sorted out in the college men’s volleyball bracketology.
Off the Block each week during the rest of the regular season and throughout each round of the postseason will unveil its latest projections to the NCAA Tournament.
The men’s volleyball Division I-II NCAA Tournament is comprised of six teams. Automatic bids are awarded to the winners of the Conference Carolinas, EIVA, MIVA and MPSF conference tournaments, and the NCAA men’s volleyball committee selects two teams for at-large bids.
The three-person selection committee meets following all of the conference tournaments to decide the at-large teams and the tournament seeding. For an in-depth look at the criteria used by the selection committee and the Off the Block bracketology projections, check out this breakdown.
The field for the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to be released during Selection Saturday on May 2.
The NCAA Tournament will begin with the two play-in matches on May 5 in Palo Alto, California. In addition, the NCAA Tournament semifinals and finals will take place May 7-9 in Palo Alto.
PROJECTED NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
LAST FOUR OUT
Ohio State (22-8)
Quick breakdown: Nothing significantly changed with the bracketology after every team in the projected NCAA Tournament field won its most recent postseason match this week. Lewis based on the new projections continues to be a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, even if it loses to Lindenwood in the conference tournament semifinals. In addition, Loyola and UC Irvine are the next two likely teams to get at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament if either loses in the conference tournament. The gap between Hawai’i and Pepperdine remains tight for a possible at-large bid. However, a Pepperdine victory against Hawai’i in their upcoming conference tournament semifinal match may not be enough to get the Waves an at-large bid ahead of the Rainbow Warriors. Hawai’i continues to hold an advantage in the majority of selection committee criteria categories, including head-to-head record and record against teams under consideration for the NCAA Tournament.