Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

It’s officially now that point in the college men’s volleyball season when the bracketology is in full swing.

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 are all of the criteria categories the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field.
— RPI ranking
— Strength of schedule
— 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.

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 seven-team NCAA Tournament will comprised of conference automatic bids from the Big West, ConfCarolinas, EIVA, MIVA, and MPSF 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 Barton, BYU, George Mason, Hawai’i, Long Beach State, Loyola, Ohio State and UC Irvine and UCLA. The teams under consideration are subject to change until Selection Sunday. In addition, Long Beach State was omitted from these comparisons because it is projected to overwhelmingly secure the No. 1 overall seed.]

Potential NCAA Tourney seeding and at-large bid battles

BYU vs. Hawai’i
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Hawai’i
Strength of schedule: BYU No. 3; Hawai’i No. 2 Edge: Hawai’i
Won-lost results: BYU 17-4; Hawai’i 13-3. Edge: Hawai’i
Head-to-head competition: BYU won season series 1-0. Edge: BYU
Non-conference record: BYU 10-4; Hawai’i 12-2. Edge: Hawai’i
Home record: BYU 7-2; Hawai’i 10-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 8-2; Hawai’i 0-0. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 12-3; Hawai’i 9-2. Edge: Hawai’i
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; Hawai’i 3-3. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Hawai’i

BYU vs. UCLA
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Strength of schedule: BYU No. 3; UCLA No. 6 Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 17-4; UCLA 17-5. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: BYU leads season series 1-0. Edge: BYU
Non-conference record: BYU 10-4; UCLA 12-3. Edge: UCLA
Home record: BYU 7-2; UCLA 11-1. Edge: UCLA
Road record: BYU 8-2; UCLA 6-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 11-3; UCLA 11-2. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; UCLA 5-4. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

BYU vs. UC Irvine
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Strength of schedule: BYU No. 3; UC Irvine No. 5 Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 17-4; UC Irvine 14-5. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: UC Irvine won season series 2-0. Edge: UC Irvine
Non-conference record: BYU 10-4; UC Irvine 13-4. Edge: UC Irvine
Home record: BYU 7-2; UC Irvine 6-3. Edge: BYU
Road record: BYU 8-2; UC Irvine 5-2. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 13-2; UC Irvine 10-4. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; UC Irvine 5-3. Edge: Push
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

BYU vs. Loyola
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: BYU
Strength of schedule: BYU No. 3; Loyola No. 11 Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 17-4; Loyola 15-4. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: Loyola won season series 1-0. Edge: Loyola
Non-conference record: BYU 10-4; Loyola 9-3. Edge: Loyola
Home record: BYU 7-2; Loyola 12-1. Edge: Loyola
Road record: BYU 8-2; Loyola 3-2. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 7-3; Loyola 5-2. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; Loyola 3-2. 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
Strength of schedule: BYU No. 3; Ohio State No. 14 Edge: BYU
Won-lost results: BYU 17-4; Ohio State 13-4. Edge: BYU
Head-to-head competition: BYU won season series 1-0. Edge: BYU
Non-conference record: BYU 10-4; Ohio State 7-2. Edge: Ohio State
Home record: BYU 7-2; Ohio State 8-1. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: BYU 8-2; Ohio State 4-3. Edge: BYU
Record vs. common opponents: BYU 8-1; Ohio State 5-3. Edge: BYU
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: BYU 5-3; Ohio State 1-3. Edge: BYU
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: BYU

Hawai’i vs. UCLA
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Hawai’i
Strength of schedule: Hawai’i No. 2; UCLA No. 6. Edge: Hawai’i
Won-lost results: Hawai’i 13-3; UCLA 17-5. Edge: Hawai’i
Head-to-head competition: Teams split season series 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Hawai’i 12-2; UCLA 12-3. Edge: Hawai’i
Home record: Hawai’i 10-3; UCLA 11-1. Edge: UCLA
Road record: Hawai’i 0-0; UCLA 6-4. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. common opponents: Hawai’i 6-2; UCLA 10-4. Edge: Hawai’i
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Hawai’i 3-3; UCLA 5-4. Edge: UCLA
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Hawai’i

Hawai’i vs. UC Irvine
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Hawai’i
Strength of schedule: Hawai’i No. 2; UC Irvine No. 5 Edge: Hawai’i
Won-lost results: Hawai’i 13-3; UC Irvine 14-5. Edge: Hawai’i
Head-to-head competition: Teams split season series 1-1. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Hawai’i 12-2; UC Irvine 13-4. Edge: Hawai’i
Home record: Hawai’i 10-3; UC Irvine 6-3. Edge: Hawai’i
Road record: Hawai’i 0-0; UC Irvine 5-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. common opponents: Hawai’i 6-2; UC Irvine 7-3. Edge: Hawai’i
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Hawai’i 3-3; UC Irvine 5-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Hawai’i

Hawai’i vs. Loyola
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Hawai’i
Strength of schedule: Hawai’i No. 2; Loyola No. 11. Edge: Hawai’i
Won-lost results: Hawai’i 13-3; Loyola 15-4. Edge: Hawai’i
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Hawai’i 12-2; Loyola 9-3. Edge: Hawai’i
Home record: Hawai’i 10-3; Loyola 12-1. Edge: Loyola
Road record: Hawai’i 0-0; Loyola 3-2. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. common opponents: Hawai’i 5-2; Loyola 7-3. Edge: Hawai’i
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Hawai’i 3-3; Loyola 3-2. Edge: Loyola
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Hawai’i

Hawai’i vs. Ohio State
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Hawai’i
Strength of schedule: Hawai’i No. 2; Ohio State No. 14. Edge: Hawai’i
Won-lost results: Hawai’i 13-3; Ohio State 13-4. Edge: Hawai’i
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: Hawai’i 12-2; Ohio State 7-2. Edge: Hawai’i
Home record: Hawai’i 10-3; Ohio State 8-1. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: Hawai’i 0-0; Ohio State 4-3. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. common opponents: Hawai’i 4-2; Ohio State 2-2. Edge: Hawai’i
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: Hawai’i 3-3; Ohio State 1-3. Edge: Ohio State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Hawai’i

UCLA vs. UC Irvine
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: UCLA
Strength of schedule: UCLA No. 6; UC Irvine No. 5 Edge: UC Irvine
Won-lost results: UCLA 17-5; UC Irvine 14-5. Edge: UCLA
Head-to-head competition: UCLA won season series 2-0. Edge: UCLA
Non-conference record: UCLA 12-3; UC Irvine 13-4. Edge: UCLA
Home record: UCLA 11-1; UC Irvine 6-3. Edge: UCLA
Road record: UCLA 6-4; UC Irvine 5-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. common opponents: UCLA 10-5; UC Irvine 11-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UCLA 5-4; UC Irvine 5-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UCLA

UCLA vs. Loyola
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: UCLA
Strength of schedule: UCLA No. 6; Loyola No. 11 Edge: UCLA
Won-lost results: UCLA 17-5; Loyola 15-4. Edge: Loyola
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UCLA 12-3; Loyola 9-3. Edge: UCLA
Home record: UCLA 11-1; Loyola 12-1. Edge: Loyola
Road record: UCLA 6-4; Loyola 3-2. Edge: Push
Record vs. common opponents: UCLA 10-4; Loyola 9-3. Edge: Loyola
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UCLA 5-4; Loyola 3-2. Edge: Loyola
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Loyola

UCLA vs. Ohio State
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: UCLA
Strength of schedule: UCLA No. 6; Ohio State No. 14 Edge: UCLA
Won-lost results: UCLA 17-5; Ohio State 13-4. Edge: UCLA
Head-to-head competition: UCLA won series series 1-0. Edge: UCLA
Non-conference record: UCLA 12-3; Ohio State 7-2. Edge: UCLA
Home record: UCLA 11-1; Ohio State 8-1. Edge: UCLA
Road record: UCLA 6-4; Ohio State 4-3. Edge: UCLA
Record vs. common opponents: UCLA 5-1; Ohio State 6-1. Edge: Ohio State
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UCLA 5-4; Ohio State 1-3. Edge: Ohio State
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UCLA

UC Irvine vs. Loyola
Projected RPI ranking: Too close to call. Edge: Push
Strength of schedule: UC Irvine No. 5; Loyola No. 11 Edge: UC Irvine
Won-lost results: UC Irvine 14-5; Loyola 15-4. Edge: Loyola
Head-to-head competition: UC Irvine won season series 1-0. Edge: UC Irvine
Non-conference record: UC Irvine 13-4; Loyola 9-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Home record: UC Irvine 6-3; Loyola 12-1. Edge: Loyola
Road record: UC Irvine 5-2; Loyola 3-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. common opponents: UC Irvine 8-2; Loyola 8-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Irvine 5-3; Loyola 3-2. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Irvine

UC Irvine vs. Ohio State
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: UC Irvine
Strength of schedule: UC Irvine No. 5; Ohio State No. 14 Edge: UC Irvine
Won-lost results: UC Irvine 14-5; Ohio State 13-4. Edge: Ohio State
Head-to-head competition: Did not play each other this season. Edge: Push
Non-conference record: UC Irvine 13-4; Ohio State 7-2. Edge: Ohio State
Home record: UC Irvine 6-3; Ohio State 8-1. Edge: Ohio State
Road record: UC Irvine 5-2; Ohio State 4-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. common opponents: UC Irvine 9-3; Ohio State 6-4. Edge: UC Irvine
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: UC Irvine 5-3; Ohio State 1-3. Edge: UC Irvine
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: UC Irvine

George Mason vs. Barton
Projected RPI ranking: Edge: Barton
Strength of schedule: George Mason No. 12; Barton No. 24 Edge: George Mason
Won-lost results: George Mason 10-10; Barton 12-6. Edge: Barton
Head-to-head competition: George Mason won season series 1-0. Edge: George Mason
Non-conference record: George Mason 4-6; Barton 3-6. Edge: George Mason
Home record: George Mason 6-5; Barton 7-1. Edge: Barton
Road record: George Mason 4-5; Barton 5-3. Edge: Barton
Record vs. common opponents: George Mason 2-2; Barton 2-1. Edge: Barton
Record vs. teams qualified or under consideration: George Mason 1-5; Barton 0-4. Edge: George Mason
Eligibility and availability of athletes: Neither teams with serious injuries. Edge: Push
OVERALL EDGE: Barton