Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

More postseason anarchy has led to even more shifting in the college men’s volleyball bracketology just days before Selection Sunday

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.
– RPI ranking
– 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
– Eligibility and availability of student-athletes for NCAA championships.

The selection committee does not consider match results against NAIA teams or NCAA Division III teams. Only matches against NCAA Division I-II teams factors into the criteria.

Some selection committees in previous seasons have placed a greater emphasis on a certain categories. However, there is no requirement that the committee gives additional weight to a certain category.

The six-team NCAA Tournament will comprised of conference automatic bids from the MIVA, MPSF, EIVA and Conference Carolinas along with two at-large bids.

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 criteria category.

[Editor’s note: Teams projected to qualify or be under consideration are BYU, Long Beach State, UCLA, Stanford, Ohio State, Loyola, UC Santa Barbara, George Mason and Erskine. George Mason and Erskine are the highest remaining seeds in their conference tournaments so both were used instead of other EIVA or Conference Carolinas teams for these projections. The amount of teams under consideration will continue to change as it gets closer to Selection Sunday on Sunday]

POTENTIAL NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDING AND AT-LARGE BID BATTLES

Long Beach State vs. Stanford
Projected RPI ranking: Too close to call. Edge: Push
Strength of schedule: Stanford No. 4; Long Beach State No. 7. Edge: Stanford
Won-lost results: Long Beach State 24-7; Stanford 19-6. Edge: Long Beach State
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Long Beach State 6-1; Stanford 2-0. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Long Beach State 11-3; Stanford 10-2. Edge: Stanford
Road record: Long Beach State 9-3; Stanford 9-4. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. common opponents: Long Beach State 17-5; Stanford 16-5. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 4-6; Stanford 4-5. Edge: Stanford
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Push

BYU vs. Long Beach State
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 25-3; Long Beach State 24-7. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1 Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 4-0; Long Beach State 6-1. Edge: BYU
Home record: BYU 12-2; Long Beach State 11-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 13-1; Long Beach State 9-3. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 20-2; Long Beach State 17-5. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 8-2; Long Beach State 4-6. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

BYU vs. UCLA
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 25-3; UCLA 25-5. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: BYU leads season series 2-0. Edge: BYU
Non-conference record: BYU 4-0; UCLA 6-0. Edge: Push
Home record: BYU 12-2; UCLA 12-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 13-1; UCLA 11-2. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 20-3; UCLA 20-3. Edge: Push
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 8-2; UCLA 8-3. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

BYU vs. Stanford
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 25-3; Stanford 19-6. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 4-0; Stanford 2-0. Edge: Push
Home record: BYU 12-2; Stanford 10-2. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 13-1; Stanford 9-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 20-2; Stanford 16-5. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 8-2; Stanford 4-5. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

BYU vs. Ohio State
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 25-3; Ohio State 27-2. Edge: Ohio State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: BYU 4-0; Ohio State 10-1. Edge: BYU
Home record: BYU 12-2; Ohio State 14-1. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: BYU 13-1; Ohio State 11-0. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 11-1; Ohio State 8-1. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 8-2; Ohio State 5-1. Edge: Ohio State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Ohio STate

Long Beach State vs. UCLA
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: UCLA
Won-lost results: Long Beach State 24-7; UCLA 25-5. Edge: UCLA
Head-to-head competition: UCLA leads season series 3-0 Edge: UCLA
Non-conference record: Long Beach State 6-1; UCLA 6-0. Edge: UCLA
Home record: Long Beach State 11-3; UCLA 12-3. Edge: UCLA
Road record: Long Beach State 9-3; UCLA 11-2. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. common opponents: Long Beach State 19-4; UCLA 18-5. Edge: Long Beach State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 4-6; UCLA 8-3. Edge: UCLA
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UCLA

Long Beach State vs. Ohio State
RPI ranking: Edge: Ohio State
Won-lost results: Long Beach State 24-7; Ohio State 27-2. Edge: Ohio State
Head-to-head competition: Ohio State won season series 1-0. Edge: Ohio State
Non-conference record: Long Beach State 6-1; Ohio State 10-1. Edge: Ohio State
Home record: Long Beach State 11-3; Ohio State 14-1. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: Long Beach State 9-3; Ohio State 11-0. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. common opponents: Long Beach State 8-3; Ohio State 9-1. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Long Beach State 4-6; Ohio State 5-1. Edge: Ohio State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Ohio State

UCLA vs. Stanford
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: UCLA
Won-lost results: UCLA 25-5; Stanford 19-6. Edge: UCLA
Head-to-head competition: Season series tied at 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UCLA 6-0; Stanford 2-0. Edge: Push
Home record: UCLA 12-3; Stanford 10-2. Edge: UCLA
Road record: UCLA 11-2; Stanford 9-4. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. common opponents: UCLA 19-4; Stanford 17-5. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UCLA 8-3; Stanford 4-5. Edge: UCLA
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UCLA

UCLA vs. Ohio State
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Ohio State
Won-lost results: UCLA 25-5; Ohio State 27-2. Edge: Ohio State
Head-to-head competition: UCLA leads season series 1-0 Edge: UCLA
Non-conference record: UCLA 6-0; Ohio State 10-1. Edge: UCLA
Home record: UCLA 12-3; Ohio State 14-1. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: UCLA 11-2; Ohio State 11-0. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. common opponents: UCLA 9-1; Ohio State 7-1. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UCLA 8-3; Ohio State 5-1. Edge: Ohio State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Ohio State

Ohio State vs. Stanford
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Ohio State
Won-lost results: Ohio State 27-2; Stanford 19-6. Edge: Ohio State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season.Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Ohio State 10-1; Stanford 2-0. Edge: Stanford
Home record: Ohio State 14-1; Stanford 10-2. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: Ohio State 11-0; Stanford 9-4. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. common opponents: Ohio State 7-2; Stanford 8-2. Edge: Stanford
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Ohio State 5-1; Stanford 4-5. Edge: Ohio State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Ohio State

POTENTIAL NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDING BATTLES

George Mason vs. Erskine
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Erskine
Won-lost results: George Mason 17-11; Erskine 18-6. Edge: Erskine
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: George Mason 5-7; Erskine 2-3. Edge: George Mason
Home record: George Mason 9-6; Erskine 9-1. Edge: Erskine
Road record: George Mason 7-4; Erskine 8-5. Edge: George Mason
Record vs. common opponents: George Mason 6-1; Erskine 10-1. Edge: Erskine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: George Mason 0-3; Erskine 0-2. Edge: Push
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Erskine

St. Francis vs. Erskine
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Erskine
Won-lost results: St. Francis 19-9; Erskine 18-6. Edge: Erskine
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: St. Francis 9-4; Erskine 2-3. Edge: St. Francis
Home record: St. Francis 13-2; Erskine 9-1. Edge: Erskine
Road record: St. Francis 5-7; Erskine 8-5. Edge: St. Francis
Record vs. common opponents: St. Francis 7-4; Erskine 12-2. Edge: Erskine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: St. Francis 1-1; Erskine 0-2. Edge: St. Francis
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Erskine