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ACC sends record 6 teams into Sweet 16, eclipsing Big East's 5 in 2009 and its own 5 in 2015

ACC, Big 12, and Big Ten have two-thirds of Sweet 16 schools

The ACC set a record by advancing 6 teams into the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 teams, beating its own record of 5 last year that was initially established with 5 teams by the Big East in 2009. North Carolina (No. 1 seed), Virginia (1), Duke (4), Miami (6), Notre Dame (6), and Syracuse (10) each won in the first and second rounds to move into the tournament's second weekend. While it is not guaranteed that an ACC school will make the Final Four, with 37.5% of the remaining field being ACC teams, there is a very good chance that there will be one or more making the trip to Houston in April. Potential ACC Regional Final matchups are Notre Dame vs. North Carolina and Syracuse vs. Virginia, provided these teams get past their Regional Semifinal games on Thursday and Friday.    

The "Big 5" conferences had a near-stranglehold on the Sweet 16 teams. In addition to the ACC's 6 teams, the conferences that also had multiple teams remaining were the Big 12's 3 (Kansas, No. 1 seed, No. 2 seed Oklahoma; and No. 4 seed Iowa State); and the Big Ten also had 3 (Indiana, No. 5 seed, No. 5 Maryland, and No. 7 Wisconsin). Oregon (No. 1 seed) and Texas A&M (No. 3) complete the "Big Five" conference teams No. 1 seed Villanova from the Big East and No. 11 seed Gonzaga from the West Coast Conference round out the remaining field, both excellent basketball-playing schools that belong to conferences well-renowned for basketball that do not sponsor football. While this year's Sweet 16 field has 2 teams with double-digit seeds, this group has the best seed total of last 7 seasons, and there are just 2 better years, those being 2007 and 2009, in the last 10 years, as shown below.   

Total of Sweet 16 Seeds, 2007 - 2016:
Year     Total of Remaining Seeds
2007              51
2008              70
2009              49
2010              80
2011              80
2012              73

2013              81
2014              79
2015              70
2016              66
Source: CBN research.

Bracket Bits from The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

Tidbits from recent issues of The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

From The RPI Report:  Villanova became the 15th school to win multiple NCAA championships. The list: UCLA (11); Kentucky (8); Indiana, North Carolina, and Duke (5 each); Connecticut (4); Kansas and Louisville (3 each); Oklahoma State, San Francisco, Cincinnati, North Carolina State, Michigan State, Florida, and Villanova (2 each). These 15 schools have won a total of 58 of the 78 championships to date, or 74.4%. North Carolina won both its regular-season and conference tournament championships, the only Final Four team to do so. Fellow ACC member Syracuse finished tied for 9th place in the conference and lost its first ACC tournament game by a point to Pitt. Villanova won the Big East regular season crown by two games over Xavier and lost in the championship game by two points to Seton Hall. Oklahoma finished a hotly contested Big 12 regular season in third place and lost in the conference tournament semis to West Virginia by two points.

From The Women's RPI Report:    Five (5) teams in the top 50 of the RPI did not make the NCAA tournament. They were No. 37 UTEP, No. 38 Western Kentucky, No. 43 Arkansas State, No. 47 Duke, and No. 49 North Carolina State. No. 57 Auburn and No. 66 Purdue were the only at-large teams ranked below (worse than) No. 50 to be selected, and if Nos. 45 Missouri, 46 Indiana, and 48 Kansas are added to the list, just 5 at-large teams ranked below No. 40 in the RPI made the tournament. 

Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation

Kansas had No. 1 overall schedule strength rank at end of regular season and went 1-1 in NCAA tournament

Kansas won honors for the second consecutive season for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2015 regular season. In addition, KU also had the No. 2 regular season non-conference schedule strength for 2015. The Jayhawks also had the best opponents' won-lost record of 689-401 (.6321) in the regular season, and the best RPI rank of opponents played, which is an alternate way of determining schedule strength. Kansas received a No. 2 seed and lost to Wichita State in the third round of the NCAA tournament by a score of 78-65. Since 1991, 20 of the 25 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 21 of those 25 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In six of the last fifteen seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) of the NCAA tournament. In the ten years prior to that, no teams with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, although three of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, losing in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Arizona. Notre Dame had the best regular-season schedule strength in 1992 with a 14-14 record and finished second in the NIT. List

Several conferences use CBN's RPI data to break tournament seeding ties

Administrators have complete confidence in CBN's RPI

Nearly all conference offices subscribe to both The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report because they know they can count on the most accurate weighted RPI for the men and the women anywhere this side of the NCAA tournament selection committees. CBN first made the Adjusted RPI ratings (which are no longer used for either the men nor the women) available to The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report subscribers during the 1998-99 season. The NCAA used the Adjusted RPI ratings from the 1993-94 through the 2003-04 season for the men and have used the weighted RPI since the 2004-05 season, while the women used the Adjusted RPI through the 2010-11 season and began using the weighted RPI during the 2011-12 season. The weighted RPI gives more credit to teams that schedule tough opponents and that beat good teams at home and on the road. Story

AP carried the Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season

2009-10 was the 13th season that AP distributed the Women's RPI Ratings

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried the CBN's RPI for both men's and women's college basketball, for the 16th consecutive year, for at least part of the season. In addition, 2009-10 was the 13th consecutive season that the AP distributed the women's RPI for at least part of the season. Story