Where does your state rank in the number of NCAA tournament champions?

24 states, including D.C., have been home to Division I NCAA tournament champions

California leads all states in producing the highest number of NCAA tournament champions. Through 2017, the Golden State had 15 NCAA Division I tournament champions, with California (1 championship), Stanford (1), San Francisco (2), and UCLA (11) each adding to that total.  North Carolina comes in a close second with 13 championships, with North Carolina (6), Duke (5), and North Carolina State (2) all contributing to that number. Kentucky is next with 11, and Kentucky (8) and Louisville (3) are the schools that proudly display NCAA hardware in their trophy cases. These three states combine for a total 39 of the 79 championships to date, nearly half of the available 79 championship trophies. If Indiana (5) and Connecticut (4) were added in, that would be nearly 61% of the championships to date. Four (4) states have produced 3 champions, 4 have produced 2 champions, and the balance of 11 comes from 10 different states and Washington D.C.

     
Number of NCAA Tournament Champions by State, through 2017
California (15) - Stanford: 1942; San Francisco: 1955 & 1956; California: 1959; UCLA: 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, & 1995
North Carolina (13) - North Carolina: 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, & 2017; N.C. State: 1974 & 1983; Duke: 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, & 2015
Kentucky (11) - Kentucky: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, & 2012; Louisville - 1980, 1986, & 2013
Indiana (5) - Indiana: 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, & 1987
Connecticut (4) - Connecticut: 1999, 2004, 2011 & 2014
Kansas (3) - Kansas: 1952, 1988 & 2008
Michigan (3) - Michigan State: 1979 & 2000; Michigan: 1989
Ohio (3) - Ohio State: 1960; Cincinnati: 1961 & 1962
Pennsylvania (3) - La Salle: 1954; Villanova: 1985 & 2016
Florida (2) - Florida: 2006 & 2007
New York (2) - CCNY: 1950; Syracuse: 2003
Oklahoma (2) - Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State): 1945 & 1946
Wisconsin (2) - Wisconsin: 1941; Marquette: 1977
Arizona (1) - Arizona: 1997
Arkansas (1) - Arkansas: 1994
Illinois (1) - Loyola-Chicago: 1963
Maryland (1) - : Maryland: 2002.
Massachusetts (1) - Holy Cross: 1947
Nevada (1) - UNLV: 1990
Oregon (1) - Oregon: 1939
Texas (1) - Texas Western (UTEP): 1966
Utah (1) - Utah: 1944
Washington D.C. (1) - Georgetown: 1984
Wyoming (1) - Wyoming: 1943

  

Bracket Bits from The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

Tidbits from recent issues of The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

From The RPI Report:  A chart in this week's issue of The RPI Report shows the RPI rank progression from Sunday, December 4, 2016 through Sunday, March 12, 2017 for the 32 teams that were automatic qualifiers (AQ’s) to the 2017 tournament. Chances of getting into the NCAA tournament based on our historical “RPI Ranking Bracket” categories since 1991 are as follows: RPI rank of 1-30 (~99% chance), 31-40 (83%), 41-50 (60%), 51-60 (29%), and below 60 (16 teams since 1991, in other words, not very good). Here is the breakdown of automatic qualifiers and how they may have fared had they not won their conference tournaments as determined by the ranking bracket categories: RPI rank 1-30, 10 teams; 31-40, 3 teams; 41-50, 2 teams; 51-60, 2 teams; below 60, 15 teams. Ten (10) automatic qualifiers were seeded in the No. 1-11 seed spots, and the remaining 22 teams completely filled out the Nos. 12-16 seeds. There were 5 at-large teams and 1 AQ team seeded No. 11, with no at-large team seeded below No. 11. In other words, it is likely that only 10 of these 32 AQ’s would have made the field at-large had they fallen in their conference tournament.

From The Women's RPI Report:   A chart in this week's issue of The Women's RPI Report shows the RPI rank progression from Sunday, December 4, 2016 through Sunday, March 12, 2017 for the 32 teams that were automatic qualifiers (AQ’s) to the 2017 tournament. Here is the breakdown of 2017 automatic qualifiers and how they may have fared had they not won their conference tournaments: RPI rank 1-30, 10 teams; 31-40, 3 teams; 41-50, 2 teams; 51-60, 2 teams; below 60, 15 teams. Of the 4 No. 11 seeds that made the 2017 tournament, 2 were AQ’s, 2 were at-large selections, and no at-large teams seeded below No. 11 made the tournament. So, two No. 11 seeds and the other 20 lower-seeded teams were all automatic qualifiers. It appears likely that only about 12 of the 32 automatic qualifiers would have made the tournament had they lost in their conference tournament, and probably not even that many because some of the lowest-seeded at-large teams would have been squeezed out by the other automatic qualifiers.

Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation

Vanderbilt had No. 1 end of regular season schedule strength rank but came up short in NCAA tournament, losing in first round

The Vanderbilt Commodores won top honors for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2017 regular season through games of Selection Sunday. In addition, Vandy had the No. 3 rank of opponents' RPI played, along with the No. 1 opponents' won-lost record of 676-401 (.6277) in the regular season, which are both alternate ways of determining schedule strength. Louisville had the No. 1 rank of opponents' RPI played. The Commodores received an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA tournament with a No. 9 seed but lost to No. 8 seed Northwestern 68-66 in the first round. Since 1991, 22 of the 27 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 23 of those 27 teams were in post-season play. (Georgia, in 2003, was ineligible.) However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In 7 of the last 17 seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In the 10 years prior to that, not a single team with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, although 3 of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. The best NCAA tournament performance for a team with the best regular-season schedule strength since 1991 was North Carolina in 1997, which lost in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Arizona. Notre Dame had the best regular-season schedule strength in 1992 with a 14-14 record and finished second in the NIT. List

Several conferences use CBN's RPI data to break tournament seeding ties

Administrators have complete confidence in CBN's RPI

Nearly all conference offices subscribe to both The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report because they know they can count on the most accurate weighted RPI for the men and the women anywhere this side of the NCAA tournament selection committees. CBN first made the Adjusted RPI ratings (which are no longer used for either the men nor the women) available to The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report subscribers during the 1998-99 season. The NCAA used the Adjusted RPI ratings from the 1993-94 through the 2003-04 season for the men and have used the weighted RPI since the 2004-05 season, while the women used the Adjusted RPI through the 2010-11 season and began using the weighted RPI during the 2011-12 season. The weighted RPI gives more credit to teams that schedule tough opponents and that beat good teams at home and on the road. Story

AP carried CBN's Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season

2009-10 was the 13th season that AP distributed CBN's Women's RPI Ratings

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried CBN's RPI ratings for both men's and women's college basketball, for the 16th consecutive year, for at least part of the season. In addition, 2009-10 was the 13th consecutive season that the AP distributed the women's RPI for at least part of the season. Story