Bracketology: Conference championship scenarios for NCAA Tournament field

A single match result on Conference Championship Saturday can drastically alter the NCAA Tournament field.

With four automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament on the line Saturday, there are numerous scenarios that could change the bracketology and Off the Block is providing a projection to all of them.

The men’s volleyball Division I-II NCAA Tournament is comprised of six teams and the field will be unveiled on Sunday. 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 conference tournament finals feature Long Beach State versus Hawai’i in the MPSF, Ohio State versus Grand Canyon in the MIVA, Penn State versus St. Francis in the EIVA and Barton versus Mount Olive in the ConfCarolinas.

Off the Block is in its seventh season of college men’s volleyball bracketology and will release its final bracketology following all the conference championships. It has in previous seasons accurately projected 93 percent of the teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

Check out the possible implications conference tournament championship results could have on the NCAA Tournament field this year.

[Editor’s notes: Off the Block is making these projections based off the same criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The winner of the Conference Carolinas Tournament finals will not significantly alter the NCAA Tournament so that match result was not factored into this equation. In addition, these projections are based off the NCAA opting to schedule the play-in matches at the NCAA Tournament site instead of on-campus locations.]

If Ohio State, Long Beach State, Penn State win

If Grand Canyon, Long Beach State, Penn State win

If Ohio State, Hawai’i, Penn State win

If Grand Canyon, Hawai’i, Penn State win

If Ohio State, Long Beach State, St. Francis win

If Grand Canyon, Long Beach State, St. Francis win

If Ohio State, Hawai’i, St. Francis win

If Grand canyon, Hawai’i, St. Francis win