Off the Block each week throughout the rest of the regular season and during the postseason will unveil its latest detailed projections to the NCAA Tournament.
The men’s volleyball Division I-II NCAA Tournament is comprised of seven teams. Automatic bids are awarded to the winners of the Big West, ConfCarolinas, EIVA, MIVA and MPSF conference tournaments, and the NCAA men’s volleyball committee selects two teams for at-large bids.
The five-person selection committee meets following all of the conference tournaments to decide the at-large teams and the tournament seeding. The field for the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to be released during Selection Sunday on April 23.
The NCAA Tournament will begin with a play-in match and then two first-round matches. The top-two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals and will play the winners from the first round.
Off the Block is in its 12th season of providing college men’s volleyball bracketology.
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Quick breakdown: No, Long Beach State’s season is not over because it lost in the Big West Tournament semifinals. The Beach is still projected to make the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid but will need some help to get the bid. If only one of the following top seeds – Hawai’i, Penn State and UCLA – win their conference tournament finals, Long Beach State will be left out of the NCAA Tournament. As long as two of those teams in the conference tournament finals win then the Beach will make the NCAA Tournament field. Grand Canyon is the team that suffers the most from UC Irvine upsetting Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament. The Antelopes in order to make the NCAA Tournament as the final at-large bid now need the top seeds in the Big West, EIVA and MPSF to all win their conference tournament finals.