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Second guessing the men’s DI tourney field

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: November 25, 2013

Complaints of programs that miss out on the men’s Division I tournament field are nothing new, as much a tradition as the event itself.

The format of a 48-team field means deserving teams will miss out, no matter what, given the limited number of at-large bids available. When surveying the 2013 field, even after the second round, did the committee get it wrong?

The Ratings Percentage Index – used by the NCAA to help dictate at-large bids in most collegiate sports – is a confusing and complicated formula that the selection committee (a mystery unto itself) leans on to make selections. More can be learned about the RPI here, even though that is a site based around the women’s game.

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