Here’s a snapshot look at the 2018 NCAA Tournament field, starting with the overall top four seeds, followed by the remaining teams by 16-team region.
Stanford (28-1, 20-0 Pac-12) was a lock as the No. 1 overall seed, especially after a loss by both BYU and Minnesota on Week 14. The Cardinal went 20-0 en route to the Pac-12 title, in a league which got eight teams into the field. Stanford, which filled the No. 2 position in the national polls behind BYU for much of the season, brings a 26-match win streak into NCAAs.
Minnesota and Illinois were also pretty much givens due to their respective records and RPI. Minnesota (25-3, 19-1 Big Ten), which won the Big Ten title at 19-1 and suffered its first league loss on Friday against Penn State, was ranked No. 2 in RPI.
Illinois (28-3, 17-3 Big Ten) finished second behind the Golden Gophers and ranked fourth in the most recent RPI.
The fourth team was up for debate for many between BYU, which lost to unranked Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, and Texas, which won the Big 12 title.
Despite BYU’s loss and the loss of junior outside hitter McKenna Miller to an ACL injury on Week 13, the West Coast Conference champion Cougars (27-1, 17-1 West Coast Conference) were awarded the fourth overall seed.
The top four seeds will host through the regional rounds as long as they continue to win. And in the case of No. 2 Minnesota, which is playing host to the national finals in Minneapolis, potentially all the way to the title match.
The Top 16 Seeds
- Penn State
- Washington State
- 16 of the automatic berths came from outside the 11/18 RPI Top 50.
- Six came from RPI 51-100
- Five came from RPI 101-15
- Three came from RPI 151-200
- Two came from RPI 201+
- Alabama State, winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament, is the highest RPI team at 237
- The highest RPI team to earn an at-large berth was 76 Loyola Marymount. The Lions’ RPI will rise in the next listing after beating RPI No. 5 BYU on Tuesday.
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Stanford and Penn State continued their reign as the only two schools who have made all 38 NCAA fields. Stanford was selected as the No. 1 overall seed, while Penn State was tabbed as the No. 8 seed.
Each is seeking its record eighth national title. Seven other previous champions are among the field.
- Hawaii (1982, 1983, 1987)
- Nebraska (1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2017)
- Penn State (1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014)
- Stanford (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2016)
- Texas (1988, 2012)
- USC (1981, 2002, 2003)
- Washington (2005)
- Bryant* – Northeast Conference champs
The Bulldogs made 11 NCAA appearances as a Division II member with the last coming in 2007. The team became postseason eligible at the Division I level in 2012.
- Eastern Michigan – Mid-American Conference Tournament champs
- FGCU – Atlantic Sun Tournament champs
- Navy – Patriot League Tournament champs
- South Dakota – Summit League champs
- Syracuse – at large out of the ACC
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— Syracuse Volleyball (@CuseVB) November 26, 2018
- Pac-12: 8
- Big Ten: 7
- ACC 5
- SEC: 5
- WCC: 5
- American: 2
- Big East: 2
- Big West: 2
- Big 12: 2
- Missouri Valley: 2
- Southern Conference: 2
- Summit League: 2
Last Teams Out
According to the NCAA selection committee, the final four teams out were Kansas, Kansas State, Princeton and Maryland.
Kansas was No. 36 in RPI and finished fifth in the Big 12, but dropped each of its last five matches. The Jayhawks also lost to Loyola Marymount earlier in the year.
Princeton was 49 in RPI, while Kansas State and Maryland checked in at 52 and 53 respectively.
At A Glance
|School||Record||11/18 RPI||VolleyMob Ranking||Current Win Streak||Past NCAA Berths||Last NCAA Berth (Result)|
|1 Stanford||28-1, 20-0 Pac-12||1||1||W26||37||2017 (Final Four)|
|Alabama State||23-17, 16-2 SWAC||237||n/a||W13||4||2017 (1st Round)|
|Loyola Marymount||20-9, 10-8 WCC||76||n/a||W1||13||2015 (Sweet 16)|
|Duke||16-11, 10-8 ACC||48||n/a||W2||19||2014 (1st Round)|
|Tennessee||25-5, 16-2 SEC||29||16||W11||13||2012 (1st Round)|
|Colorado State||23-7, 15-3 Mountain West||39||RV||L1||29||2017 (2nd Round)|
|Northern Arizona||26-8, 15-3, Big Sky||115||n/a||W13||2||2015 (1st Round)|
|16 Washington State||21-9, 12-8 Pac-12||12||14||W2||12||2017 (2nd Round)|
|9 Creighton||28-4, 18-0 Big East||16||9||W20||6||2017 (2nd Round)|
|South Dakota||21-9, 13-3||109||n/a||W5||2*||2007 (NCAA Division II)|
|Saint Mary’s||19-9, 11-7 WCC||42||n/a||W2||6||2012 (2nd Round)|
|Washington||18-12, 10-10 Pac-12||19||19||L3||22||2017 (2nd Round)|
|Syracuse||18-8, 14-4 ACC||27||RV||W1||0|
|Yale||19-4, 13-1 Ivy League||44||n/a||W11||6||2014 (1st Round)|
|Howard||20-1-0, 9-1 MEAC||167||n/a||W4||4||2017 (1st Round)|
|8 Penn State||23-7, 14-6 Big Ten||13||7||L1||37||2017 (Final Four)|
|5 Texas||20-4, 15-1 Big 12||3||8||W10||34||2017 (Elite Eight)|
|Stephen F. Austin||32-2, 16-0 Southland||45||RV||W29||4||2006 (2nd Round)|
|Rice||24-6, 12-2 Conference USA||30||n/a||W3||3||2009 (1st Round)|
|Texas State||26-6, 15-1 Sun Belt||24||RV||W4||9||2013 (1st Round)|
|Michigan||22-9, 11-9 Big Ten||18||21||W3||17||2017 (1st Round)|
|Navy||23-8, 13-3 Patriot League||95||n/a||W5||0|
|Iona||20-7, 16-2 MAAC||153||n/a||W4||2004 (1st Round)|
|12 Pittsburgh||29-1, 17-1 ACC||7||11||W6||15||2017 (2nd Round)|
|13 UCF||27-3, 18-0 American||10||20||W24||7||2014 (1st Round)|
|FGCU||26-6, 15-1 Atlantic Sun||51||n/a||W15||0|
|Florida State||19-9, 15-3 ACC||26||RV||W2||20||2017 (1st Round)|
|Florida||24-6, 15-3 SEC||20||17||W1||27||2017 (National Runnerup)|
|Utah||18-13, 10-10 Pac-12||40||25||W3||14||2017 (Sweet 16)|
|Denver||27-2, 15-0 Summit League||43||n/a||L1||4||2017 (1st Round)|
|Stony Brook||21-8, 12-0 America East||102||n/a||W17||1||2017 (1st Round)|
|4 BYU||27-1, 17-1 WCC||5||4||L1||30||2017 (Sweet 16)|
|3 Illinois||28-3, 17-3 Big Ten||4||3||W13||24||2017 (Sweet 16)|
|Eastern Michigan||21-13, 9-7 MAC||154||n/a||W5||0|
|Louisville||21-8, 14-4 ACC||38||n/a||W1||26||2017 (1st Round)|
|Dayton||23-7, 12-2 Atlantic 10||28||n/a||W6||12||2016 (1st Round)|
|Cincinnati||25-7, 15-3 American||23||RV||W4||10||2016 (1st Round)|
|Illinois State||25-7, 16-2 MVC||31||n/a||L1||13||2014 (2nd Round)|
|High Point||21-9, 14-2 Big South||56||n/a||W3||3||2017 (1st Round)|
|14 Marquette||26-6, 15-2 Big East||15||22||L1||11||2017 (2nd Round)|
|11 USC||21-10, 13-7 Pac-12||8||13||W1||35||2017 (Elite Eight)|
|Samford||19-14, 11-5 SoCon||121||n/a||W5||3||2016 (1st Round)|
|San Diego||16-12, 13-5 WCC||47||n/a||L2||21||2017 (2nd Round)|
|Cal Poly||25-2, 15-1 Big West||25||18||W6||15||2017 (2nd Round)|
|Northern Iowa||24-9, 16-2 Missouri Valley||22||RV||W3||21||2017 (2nd Round)|
|Pepperdine||21-8, 14-4 WCC||37||n/a||W5||22||2012 (1st Round)|
|Green Bay||20-10, 13-3 Horizon League||126||n/a||W5||1||2003 (1st Round)|
|6 Wisconsin||22-6, 15-5 Big Ten||6||5||W6||21||2017 (Sweet 16)|
|7 Nebraska||24-6, 15-5 Big Ten||11||6||W8||36||2017 (National Champions)|
|Hofstra||25-7, 13-3 Colonial (CAA)||58||n/a||W9||8||2014 (1st Round)|
|Arizona||22-10, 11-9 Pac-12||41||23||W3||28||2016 (Sweet 16)|
|Missouri||23-7, 13-5 SEC||33||RV||W1||14||2017 (Sweet 16)|
|Purdue||23-8, 12-8 Big Ten||16||15||L1||19||2017 (2nd Round)|
|ETSU||28-6, 15-1 SoCon||34||n/a||L1||2||2017 (1st Round)|
|Murray State||22-9, 13-3 OVC||100||n/a||W16||3||2016 (1st Round)|
|10 Kentucky||24-4, 18-0 SEC||9||10||W21||19||2017 (Elite Eight)|
|15 Oregon||20-10, 13-7 Pac-12||21||12||W2||23||2017 (2nd Round)|
|New Mexico State||24-7, 12-4 WAC||60||n/a||W6||8||2015 (1st Round)|
|Hawaii||18-8, 14-2 Big West||50||n/a||W2||36||2017 (1st Round)|
|Baylor||19-8, 11-5 Big 12||14||24||W1||4||2017 (2nd Round)|
|South Carolina||19-9, 10-8 SEC||32||n/a||L3||7||2002 (2nd Round)|
|Colorado||18-13, 10-10 Pac-12||46||RV||L1||17||2017 (Sweet 16)|
|Bryant||22-12, 10-4 NEC||203||n/a||W2||11||2007 (NCAA Division II)|
|2 Minnesota||25-3, 19-1 Big Ten||2||2||W1||22||2017 (Sweet 16)|