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Five schools have been waiting 67 years for first NCAA tournament bid 

You have to feel a little bit sorry for the five schools that joined Division I in 1948 and have never been to the NCAA tournament. You know that Northwestern has never been to the Big Dance, the only “power” school whose name has not yet been called. For Army, The Citadel, St. Francis (NY), and William & Mary, the wait also continues.

Army actually declined a bid in 1968, opting instead for the NIT so the cadets could play closer to home in Madison Square Garden. There is some hope for St. Francis-NY and William & Mary making the tournament this year, but not so much for the other three.

The list of the 35 teams that have been waiting 10 or more years for an NCAA tournament bid follows.
                        Year           # Years
School                Joined D-I:      Waiting
Army                    1948              67
The Citadel             1948              67
Northwestern            1948              67
St. Francis-NY          1948              67
William & Mary          1948              67
Maine                   1962              53  
New Hampshire           1962              53
Denver               1948-80, 1999        49
Texas-Pan American      1969              46
Stetson                 1972              43
UC Irvine               1978              37
Grambling St.           1978              37
Md.-Eastern Shore    1974-75, 1982        35
Youngstown St.          1948, 1982        34
Bethune-Cookman         1981              34
Western Illinois        1982              33
Chicago St.             1985              30
Hartford                1985              30
Buffalo              1974-77, 1992        27
UMKC                    1990              25
Sacramento St.          1992              23
Tennessee-Martin        1993              22
Jacksonville St.        1996              19
Quinnipiac              1999              16      
Elon                    2000              15
High Point              2000              15
Sacred Heart            2000              15
Stony Brook             2000              15
UC Riverside            2002              13
Gardner-Webb            2003              12
IPFW                    2003              12
Savannah St.            2003              12
Lipscomb                2004              11
UC Davis                2005              10
Utah Valley             2005              10

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:  Since 2005, there have been 80 at-large teams from the “non-power 5 + Big East” teams that made the NCAA tournament field. had in securing at-large bids. Here are some interesting facts regarding these teams.
● 69 of 80 teams (86%) finished .700 or better overall and 59 of 80 (74%) finished .750 or better overall.
● 51 of 80 (64%) finished .750 or better in conference, 36 finished 1st (or tied) in conference, and 70 finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in conference.
● 14 of 80 (18%) were not in the American, A-10, C-USA, MVC, Mtn. West, or WCC, and 12 of those 14 are now in one of these 6 conferences.

From The Women's RPI Report: There have been only 49 at-large “non-power 5 + Big East” teams since 2005 that made the NCAA tournament field at-large. Some interesting data regarding these teams follows.
● 12 of 49 (25%) were not from the A-10 (17), Mountain West (11), Conference USA (5), or Sun Belt (4)
● 29 of 49 (59%) finished 1st (or tied) in conference; 11 were 2nd, 8 were 3rd, and only 1 was tied for 5th place in the regular season
● 33 of 49 (67%) finished at or above .750 in all games; 43 (88%) were at or above .700 in all games; the worst was .621

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

Kansas had No. 1 overall and non-conference schedule strength rank at end of regular season, went 1-1 in NCAA tournament

Kansas won honors for both the best overall and non-conference schedule strength at the end of the 2014 regular season. In fact, the Jayhawks had the second-best overall regular-season schedule strength since CBN began tracking the RPI in 1991. Kansas' .6678 schedule strength for 2014 is second only to Maryland's .6679 in 1998.  The Jayhawks also had the best opponents' won-lost record of 689-369 (.6512) in the regular season, and the best RPI rank of opponents played, which is an alternate way of determining schedule strength. Kansas received a No. 2 seed and eventually lost to Stanford in the third round by a score of 60-57. Since 1991, 19 of the 24 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 20 of those 24 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In six of the last fourteen seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In the ten years prior to that, no teams with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, although three of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, losing 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 the Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season

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

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried the CBN's RPI 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