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Women's Basketball Selections 101 - Selections

Selection Criteria

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.

In no specific priority order, the committee considers the following criteria in the selections process:

  • Availability of talent.
  • Bad losses.
  • Common opponents.
  • Competitive in losses.
  • Conference record.
  • Early competition versus late competition.
  • Head to head.
  • Nonconference record.
  • Overall record.
  • Regional rankings.
  • Strength of schedule.
  • RPI.
  • Significant wins.
  • Strength of conference.

Team Sheets

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 of 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. These qualifiers are determined by conference tournaments.

At-Large: There are 32 at-large spots after the automatic qualifiers. 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.

Did You Know?

There's no limit to the number of teams from a conference that can be selected for participation in the tourney.

Team performance in past years does not impact the current year's value as an at-large candidate.

A late season/conference tournament injury to a key player could impact a team's seed.