Bracketology: Who teams should root for in conference tournaments

The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.

Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

Days away from the start of the postseason and the field is even tighter for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament

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. Continue reading

Video: UCSB coach McLaughlin reacts to road win vs. Long Beach State

Coach Rick McLaughlin admitted UC Santa Barbara didn’t play its cleanest match of the season but more importantly it did just enough to survive and pick-up a critical road victory.

No. 5 UC Santa Barbara rallied from a nine-point opening game loss to beat No. 7 Long Beach State 16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12 on Thursday in Long Beach, Calif.
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NCAA Tournament Projections: Latest college men’s volleyball bracketology

It’s less than four weeks until Selection Sunday and the races for seeding and at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament have gotten even tighter.

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.
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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The muddled conference tournament seeding races and battle for the at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament could get a lot clearer following tonight.

No. 2 BYU has a chance to move one step closer to winning its second consecutive MPSF regular season title as it plays host to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara. In addition out in the East Coast, Penn State looks to cement its hold on first-place in the EIVA and pick-up a conference home victory against Princeton.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

With Selection Sunday almost a month away, the races for the at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding is getting tighter but the teams on the bubble still in contention remains unprecedentedly large.

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. Continue reading

Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s a light slate of matches but they have plenty of intrigue and importance with only a few weeks remaining in the regular season.

No. 2 Long Beach State will travel to play No. 7 USC in the marquee match of the night and the only match featuring two top 10 ranked teams. In addition out in the Midwest, No. 10 Lewis will play host to Penn State in their annual non-conference meeting.

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