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

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

Kansas won honors for the second consecutive season for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2015 regular season. In addition, KU also had the No. 2 regular season non-conference schedule strength for 2015. The Jayhawks also had the best opponents' won-lost record of 689-401 (.6321) 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 lost to Wichita State in the third round of the NCAA tournament by a score of 78-65. Since 1991, 20 of the 25 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 21 of those 25 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 fifteen seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) 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.

The Division I record shown below is for the final, regular season.

Teams with No. 1 Schedule Strength, Final Regular Season, since 1991

 
        RS                  Div. I   
Year   RPI   Team           Record    Postseason                    
1991    21   Georgetown*    14-12     No. 8 seed, 1-1 in tournament
1992    32   Notre Dame     14-14     NIT, 2nd place
1993     1   Indiana        28-3      No. 1 seed, 3-1 in tournament
1994    21   Virginia       17-12     No. 7 seed, 1-1 in tournament
1995    68   Duke           13-18     None
1996     9   Georgia Tech   21-11     No. 3 seed, 2-1 in tournament
1997     3   North Carolina 24-6      No. 1 seed, 4-1 in tournament
1998     7   Maryland       19-10     No. 4 seed, 2-1 in tournament
1999    54   Florida St.    13-17     None
2000     2   Kentucky       21-9      No. 5 seed, 1-1 in tournament
2001    23   Georgia        16-14     No. 8 seed, 0-1 in tournament
2002     6   Arizona        22-9      No. 3 seed, 2-1 in tournament
2003     5   Georgia        19-8      Ineligible
2004    12   Florida        20-10     No. 5 seed, 0-1 in tournament
2005     2   Kansas         23-6      No. 3 seed, 0-1 in tournament
2006    17   Syracuse       23-11     No. 5 seed, 0-1 in tournament
2007    13   Kentucky       21-11     No. 8 seed, 1-1 in tournament
2008     1   Tennessee      28-4      No. 2 seed, 2-1 in tournament
2009   114   Virginia       10-18     None
2010     7   Georgetown     23-10     No. 3 seed, 0-1 in tournament
2011    15   Georgetown     21-11     No. 6 seed, 0-1 in tournament
2012     3   Michigan St.   26-7      No. 1 seed, 2-1 in tournament
2013     1   Duke           27-5      No. 2 seed, 3-1 in tournament
2014     3   Kansas         24-9      No. 2 seed, 1-1 in tournament
2015     3   Kansas         26-8      No. 2 seed, 1-1 in tournament
2016     2   Oregon         27-6      No. 1 seed, 3-1 in tournament
* Georgetown was 4-0 against non-Division I opponents in 1991