Five schools have current consecutive double-digit NCAA tournament appearance streaks
Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga, Wisconsin will be in; what about Michigan State?
With the NCAA tournament fast approaching, most eyes will be on the teams that are on the bubble. While these teams will rightly garner the most attention, five schools have current double-digit consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and they are far ahead of the next group of schools on the list. Kansas (27), Duke (21), Michigan State (19), and Gonzaga and Wisconsin (18 each) are well in front of the next group of 3 teams that have 6 consecutive tournament appearances. Nobody will argue that all of those but Michigan State will solidly be in the field. What about the Spartans? It will likely depend on how they finish out the regular season, although they would probably be in the field at this point in time. By making the field, Kansas will break a tie with North Carolina for most all-time consecutive NCAA appearances, as shown below. Also, Kentucky will build upon its record of most overall NCAA tournament appearances.
Current Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances No. School Began 27 Kansas 1990 21 Duke 1996 19 Michigan State 1998 18 Gonzaga 1999 18 Wisconsin 1999 6 Cincinnati 2011 6 North Carolina 2011 6 VCU 2011 5 Iowa State 2012 5 Wichita State 2012 4 Oklahoma 2013 4 Oregon 2013 Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances No. School Years 27 Kansas 1990-2016 27 North Carolina 1975-2001 21 Duke 1996-2016 19 Michigan State 1998-2016 18 Gonzaga 1999-2016 18 Indiana 1986-2003 18 Wisconsin 1999-2016 17 Kentucky 1992-2008 14* Arizona 1985-1998 14 Cincinnati 1992-2005 14 Georgetown 1979-1992 14 Texas 1999-2012 14 UCLA 1989-2002 Most NCAA Tournament Appearances No. School Years 55* Kentucky 1942-2016 47 North Carolina 1941-2016 45 Kansas 1940-2016 45* UCLA 1950-2015 41 Louisville 1951-2015 40 Duke 1955-2016 39 Indiana 1940-2016 38 Syracuse 1957-2016 35 Notre Dame 1953-2016 35 Villanova 1942-2016 * Does not include vacated years Source: NCAA 2017 Final Four Records Book
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: Subscribers to
The RPI Report may know that Jeff Sagarin and
CBN have been cooperatively producing The Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s
Basketball Ratings for 18 seasons, as found on CBN’s www.rpiratings.com
website. Jeff’s well-known men’s basketball ratings have been published in
USA Today since 1985 and are the oldest continuously published, publicly
and freely accessible college basketball ratings available. With this in
mind, a comparison of the top 50 teams in the RPI ratings with Sagarin’s
ratings should be informative, as the Sagarin ratings are available to the
selection committee during their deliberations prior to and up until
Selection Sunday. To see the complete Sagarin Ratings, including the “New
Feature” that is now available, go to http://sagarin.com/sports/cbsend.htm.
From The Women's RPI Report: Subscribers to The Women's RPI Report likely know that Jeff Sagarin and CBN have been cooperatively producing The Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s Basketball Ratings for 18 seasons, as found on CBN’s www.rpiratings.com website. Jeff’s well-known men’s basketball ratings have been published in USA Today since 1985 and are the oldest continuously published, publicly and freely accessible college basketball ratings available. Jeff and CBN have been sending daily ratings updates to the selection committee during their deliberations leading up to Selection Monday for 18 seasons. A comparison of the top 50 teams in the RPI ratings with Sagarin’s ratings is shown in this week's Report. To see the complete Sagarin Ratings, including the “New Feature” that is now available, go to http://www.rpiratings.com/womrate.php.
Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation
Oregon had No. 1 end of regular season overall RPI schedule strength rank and made elite 8 in NCAA tournament
The Oregon Ducks won top honors for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2016 regular season. The Ducks had the No. 5 opponents' won-lost record of 627-415 (.6017) in the regular season, and the No. 13 rank of opponents' RPI played, which are both alternate ways of determining schedule strength. Stanford had the best cumulative opponents' won-lost record of 561-356 (.6118), and Texas had the No. 1 rank of opponents' RPI played. Oregon received a No. 1 seed and made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament before losing to Oklahoma by a score of 80-68. Since 1991, 21 of the 26 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 22 of those 26 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In 5 of the last 15 seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) of the NCAA tournament. In the 11 years prior to that, just 1 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 that a team has done in the NCAA tournament since 1991 that had the best regular-season schedule strength 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