There remains little separation in the race for NCAA Tournament at-large bids and seeding as Selection Saturday gets even closer.
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 (19-6)
UC Santa Barbara (15-8)
Quick breakdown: Lewis jumped from the No. 3 seed to the No.1 overall seed as a result of its conference victory against Loyola last week. The Flyers now have the advantage in the majority of selection criteria categories when compared to any team in the nation. In addition, if Lewis can go undefeated in its four remaining regular season matches it will be in the best position for an at-large bid entering the postseason. The Ramblers dropped to the No. 3 seed but continue to hold the advantage against any MPSF team in the majority of criteria categories. Loyola also has a realistic possibility of getting the No. 2 seed as an at-large bid if Hawai’i or UC Irvine lose any of their remaining regular season matches. The gap between Hawai’i, UC Irvine and Pepperdine continues to remain tight for a possible at-large bid. With it being this close, it is likely no MPSF team will be assured of an at-large bid entering the MPSF Tournament.