RPI: The Rating Percentage Index is one of many factors used by NCAA sports committees when evaluating team selection, seeding and bracketing. Basic RPI consists of a team’s Division I winning percentage (25 percent weight), its opponents winning percentage (50 percent weight) and its opponents opponents’ winning percentage (25 percent weight). The RPI is one of many factors the committees use for selecting and seeding teams.
Other criteria the committee considers in the selections process are:
- Strength of schedule
- Overall record
- Significant wins and bad losses
- Non-conference and conference records
- Regional Advisory Committee rankings
- Common opponents
- Head to head
The team sheets contain in-depth team information about strength of schedule, performance against all RPI teams and home/road records.
The committee creates a seed list 1 through 64 -- which is used to assess competitive balance of the top teams across the four regions of this national championship. Additionally, the seed list reflects the sequential order with which teams will be placed in the bracket.
Automatic Qualifiers: A total of 32 conferences will place an automatic qualifier in the NCAA tournament field. Thirty-one of those will win conference tournaments, while the Ivy League places its regular season champion.
At-Large: There are 32 at-large spots after the AQs. The committee selects the 32 best teams to fill the at-large berths. There is no limit on the number of at-large teams the committee may select from one conference.