NCAA Tournament Last 8 In, First 8 Out Final Update

  0 Jared Anderson | November 27th, 2016 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

The NCAA Volleyball Selection Show is tonight – which bubble teams will be in and out? Get our final takes after Saturday’s matches.

A look at our last 8 in, first 8 out after Friday’s matches. You can find the bubble teams as of the beginning of this week here.

Pitt (24-8)
Colorado State (22-8)
Illinois (17-14)
Cincinnatti (22-9)
UNLV (23-7)
Missouri State (26-8)
Miami (OH) (24-6)
Northern Iowa (23-9)
Baylor (21-11)
Marquette (23-8)
Georgia Tech (23-9)
Temple (22-8)
UCF (23-10)
Indiana (17-16)
Alabama (20-11)
Arkansas State (25-8)

Here’s how it shaped up:

Saturday Update


  • Wichita State – formerly a bubble team – beat Missouri State for the Missouri Valley Conference title. That earns them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and relegates Missouri State to our bubble teams.
  • Pittsburgh beat Virginia to finish the year on a 4-match win streak. The Panthers have won 10 of their last 11 including an upset of ACC champs UNC and seems a lock to make the tournament.
  • Alabama beat LSU 3-1, but it’s probably too little, too late, even with three straight wins over weak opponents to end the year.


  • Illinois lost at Penn State, ending what was a three-match win streak to end the year. Still, Illinois’ last 5 losses have come to opponents ranked in the top 25 (Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State) and should still make the tourney based on a very tough conference schedule and a handful of big wins (Purdue, Michigan State) earlier in the season.
  • Baylor very nearly upset Big 12 champs Kansas at home, but couldn’t pull out the win. Kansas was the 3-2 victors. Baylor’s case is a unique one, with a string of late-season losses, but all to good programs: Texas, Iowa State, Kansas. Still, the Bears will be right on the bubble for tonight’s selections.
  • Indiana dropped a 5-set heartbreaker to Ohio State. The Hoosiers probably needed a huge win just to make the tournament, and they’ll likely be out after losing 5 of their last 6.

With that in mind, here’s a look at our projected 64-team NCAA tournament:

Conference Champ
Big Ten Nebraska
Big 12 Kansas
Pac-12 Washington
SEC Missouri
America East New Hampshire
American SMU
Atlantic 10 Dayton
Atlantic Sun Lipscomb
Big East Creighton
Big Sky North Dakota
Big South High Point
Big West Hawaii
CAA James Madison
C-USA Western Kentucky
Horizon Cleveland State
Ivy League Princeton
MAAC Fairfield
MAC Northern Illinois
MEAC Howard
Missouri Valley Wichita State
Mountain West Boise State
NEC LIU Brooklyn
Ohio Valley Murray State
Patriot American
SoCon Samford
Southland Corpus Christi
Sun Belt Coastal Carolina
SWAC Alabama State
Summit League Denver
WAC UT Rio Grande Valley
West Coast BYU
At-Large Wisconsin
At-Large Texas
At-Large UCLA
At-Large Florida
At-Large Minnesota
At-Large Stanford
At-Large Kentucky
At-Large Michigan State
At-Large Oregon
At-Large Penn State
At-Large Michigan
At-Large Utah
At-Large San Diego
At-Large Florida State
At-Large Ohio State
At-Large Purdue
At-Large Texas A&M
At-Large Kansas State
At-Large TCU
At-Large Washington State
At-Large Iowa State
At-Large Duke
At-Large Arizona
At-Large USC
At-Large Pitt
At-Large Colorado State
At-Large Illinois
At-Large Cincinnati
At-Large UNLV
At-Large Missouri State
At-Large Miami (OH)
At-Large UNI

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