NCAA Women’s Volleyball: Last 8 In, First 8 Out Update – 11/20

  0 Jared Anderson | November 20th, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, Division I Mid-Major, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

With less than a week to go before the NCAA Selection Show, the field is starting to crystallize for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Check out our last 8 in and first 8 out update after the weekend of November 15 through 19.

Last 8 In, First 8 Out

Team
Ohio State
Washington State
Florida State
UNC
Missouri
Marquette
North Texas
Hawaii
===CUT LINE===
Temple
Iowa
LSU
SMU
Maryland
California
Duke
Auburn

Changes:

  • Losers of three straight, Ohio State dropped from a likely tournament team into our last 8 in this week. They’ve dropped two to Iowa in the last two weeks, and Iowa is starting to surge towards a late berth.
  • Meanwhile Notre Dame moved up out of our last 8 in and into a more secure tourney bid after beating UNC and NC State back to back.
  • We’ve got Hawaii into the tournament – they won big twice over the weekend and are surging.
  • Iowa had those two key wins over Ohio State, but also dropped a bad one to Maryland over the weekend. Maryland is still struggling, falling to Nebraska the day after beating Iowa.
  • A 0-3 loss to visiting UCF might be all she wrote for Temple, which also lost to USF two days later.
  • SMU lost to the two best AAC teams in the last two weeks, punctuated by a sweep against champions Wichita State. It’ll be tough for two AAC teams to make the tourney, much less three.
  • Cal is slumping bad, dropping its third and fourth-straight matches vs USC and UCLA, even though both are likely tourney teams.

Auto Bid Updates

21 of the NCAA’s 32 conferences determined champions over the weekend, whether by a conference tournament, a playoff in the Ivy League or outright clinching for conferences without a tournament. Here’s a look at the current status of automatic bids as of Monday morning:

Conference Competition Through: Clinched Champ Current Leader(s)
Mountain West Colorado State
Ivy League 11/11* Princeton
Atlantic Sun 11/16-18 Kennesaw State
CAA 11/16-18 James Madison
Ohio Valley 11/16-18 Austin Peay
WAC 11/16-18 CSUB
MAC 11/16-19 Miami (OH)
Sun Belt 11/16-19 Coastal Carolina
America East 11/17-18 Stony Brook
NEC 11/17-18 LIU Brooklyn
Atlantic 10 11/17-19 VCU
Big Sky 11/17-19 North Dakota
Big South 11/17-19 Radford
C-USA 11/17-19 Western Kentucky
Horizon 11/17-19 Cleveland State
MAAC 11/17-19 Fairfield
MEAC 11/17-19 Howard
SoCon 11/17-19 ETSU
Southland 11/17-19 Central Arkansas
SWAC 11/17-19 Alabama State
Summit League 11/17-19 Denver
Patriot 11/18-19 American
West Coast 11/21* BYU/San Diego
Missouri Valley 11/23-25 Missouri State
Big East 11/24-25 Creighton/Marquette
American 11/24* Wichita State
ACC 11/25* Louisville/Pitt
Big Ten 11/25* Penn State/Nebraska
Big 12 11/25* Texas
Pac-12 11/25* Stanford
SEC 11/25* Florida/Kentucky
Big West 11/25* Cal Poly

At present, we have all of the conference leaders in our tournament as at-large bids at least, so none of the remaining conferences are “win or go home” events.

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