Women's Final Four

NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours and National Championship games to reach world-wide markets

NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours and championship games will reach worldwide television markets this weekend

Mapping the Madness

When teams and their travel parties trek hundreds of thousands of miles on their Road to the Final Four, their every move is charted by travel experts in Waterloo, Iowa, who get the job done using customized software, a color-coded dry-erase board and, always, a large dose of patience.

NCAA Reminds Fans to Purchase NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tickets From Authorized Sources

The NCAA reminds fans who plan to attend the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship games to purchase tickets from authorized sources to reduce chances of fraudulent activities.

Women’s Final Four cities chosen

A blend of previous and first time host cities have been chosen as sites for the NCAA Women’s Final Four from 2017 through 2020.

Leaders of women’s basketball discuss the future of the game

Key supporters of women’s basketball engaged in frank discussions about the future of the game during the Women’s Final Four Summit, the ideas from which could impact the game at all levels in the months ahead.

Erica Payne Of Stanford University Wins Elite 89 Award For 2014 Division I Women’s Basketball Championship

NASHVILLE---Erica Payne, a junior at Stanford University, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the...

Big stakeholders in women’s basketball to focus on young players

Leaders at the Women’s Final Four Summit will discuss how to increase participation and improve the quality of play at the youth development stage.

Women’s Final Four Summit to focus on future of the game

Some of the most experienced minds in women’s basketball will come together during Women’s Final Four weekend to discuss how to grow the sport.

Women's Basketball Selections 101 - Bracket

Building the Bracket

Step One

Before selection weekend, each committee member receives an “initial ballot” composed of two columns listing all eligible Division I teams in alphabetical order. Each committee member will submit the ballot by a designated time on the first full day of selection meetings. 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.

Step Two

The committee will create 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. Once the seed list is finalized, it remains unchanged while the bracket is assembled. Importantly, various bracketing principles may preclude a team from being placed in its true seed on the seed list.

Step Three

A top priority for the committee is to achieve reasonable competitive balance in each region of the bracket. Sixteen levels are established (i.e., the seeds, Nos. 1 through 16) in the bracket that cross the four regions, permitting evaluation of four teams simultaneously on the same level. Teams on each seed line (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, etc.) should be as equal as possible.

Step Four

The committee will then go through the seed list, placing all teams by seed, starting with the four No. 1 seeds through the No. 4 seeds. After the top four seed lines have been assigned, the committee will determine the relative strengths of the regions by adding the true seed numbers in each region to determine if any severe numerical imbalance exists. Generally, no more than 5 points should separate the lowest and highest total. The committee also will attempt to assign each team to the most geographically compatible regional.

Step Five

These additional considerations also are made: If possible, rematches of regular-season games should be avoided in the preliminary rounds. Rematches of previous years’ tournament games should be avoided, as well. And after examining the previous five years’ brackets, teams or conferences will not be moved out of their natural region or geographic area an inordinate number of times.

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.

Did You Know? 

Conference representatives cannot be in the room when teams from their conference are being discussed for inclusion, let alone being allowed to vote for them. Same goes for a school representative, who cannot participate in or vote for their own school.

Committee members are assigned “primary” and “secondary” conferences to monitor throughout the season.

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...

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