Five schools have current consecutive double-digit NCAA tournament appearance streaks

Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga, Wisconsin will be in; what about Michigan State?

With the NCAA tournament fast approaching, most eyes will be on the teams that are on the bubble.  While these teams will rightly garner the most attention, five schools have current double-digit consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and they are far ahead of the next group of schools on the list. Kansas (27), Duke (21), Michigan State (19), and Gonzaga and Wisconsin (18 each) are well in front of the next group of 3 teams that have 6 consecutive tournament appearances. Nobody will argue that all of those but Michigan State will solidly be in the field. What about the Spartans? It will likely depend on how they finish out the regular season, although they would probably be in the field at this point in time. By making the field, Kansas will break a tie with North Carolina for most all-time consecutive NCAA appearances, as shown below. Also, Kentucky will build upon its record of most overall NCAA tournament appearances.  

Current Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances
No.  School            Began
27   Kansas            1990
21   Duke              1996
19   Michigan State    1998
18   Gonzaga           1999
18   Wisconsin         1999
 6   Cincinnati        2011
 6   North Carolina    2011
 6   VCU               2011
 5   Iowa State        2012
 5   Wichita State     2012
 4   Oklahoma          2013
 4   Oregon            2013

Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances
No.  School            Years
27   Kansas            1990-2016
27   North Carolina    1975-2001
21   Duke              1996-2016
19   Michigan State    1998-2016
18   Gonzaga           1999-2016
18   Indiana           1986-2003
18   Wisconsin         1999-2016
17   Kentucky          1992-2008
14*  Arizona           1985-1998
14   Cincinnati        1992-2005
14   Georgetown        1979-1992
14   Texas             1999-2012
14   UCLA              1989-2002

Most NCAA Tournament Appearances
No.  School            Years
55*  Kentucky          1942-2016
47   North Carolina    1941-2016
45   Kansas            1940-2016
45*  UCLA              1950-2015
41   Louisville        1951-2015
40   Duke              1955-2016
39   Indiana           1940-2016
38   Syracuse          1957-2016
35   Notre Dame        1953-2016
35   Villanova         1942-2016
* Does not include vacated years
Source: NCAA 2017 Final Four Records Book

    

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:  Subscribers to The RPI Report may know that Jeff Sagarin and CBN have been cooperatively producing The Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s Basketball Ratings for 18 seasons, as found on CBN’s www.rpiratings.com website. Jeff’s well-known men’s basketball ratings have been published in USA Today since 1985 and are the oldest continuously published, publicly and freely accessible college basketball ratings available. With this in mind, a comparison of the top 50 teams in the RPI ratings with Sagarin’s ratings should be informative, as the Sagarin ratings are available to the selection committee during their deliberations prior to and up until Selection Sunday. To see the complete Sagarin Ratings, including the “New Feature” that is now available, go to http://sagarin.com/sports/cbsend.htm.
 

From The Women's RPI Report:    Subscribers to The Women's RPI Report likely know that Jeff Sagarin and CBN have been cooperatively producing The Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s Basketball Ratings for 18 seasons, as found on CBN’s www.rpiratings.com website. Jeff’s well-known men’s basketball ratings have been published in USA Today since 1985 and are the oldest continuously published, publicly and freely accessible college basketball ratings available. Jeff and CBN have been sending daily ratings updates to the selection committee during their deliberations leading up to Selection Monday for 18 seasons. A comparison of the top 50 teams in the RPI ratings with Sagarin’s ratings is shown in this week's Report. To see the complete Sagarin Ratings, including the “New Feature” that is now available, go to http://www.rpiratings.com/womrate.php.

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

Oregon had No. 1 end of regular season overall RPI schedule strength rank and made elite 8 in NCAA tournament

The Oregon Ducks won top honors for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2016 regular season. The Ducks had the No. 5 opponents' won-lost record of 627-415 (.6017) in the regular season, and the No. 13 rank of opponents' RPI played, which are both alternate ways of determining schedule strength. Stanford had the best cumulative opponents' won-lost record of 561-356 (.6118), and Texas had the No. 1 rank of opponents' RPI played. Oregon received a No. 1 seed and made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament before losing to Oklahoma by a score of 80-68. Since 1991, 21 of the 26 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 22 of those 26 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In 5 of the last 15 seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) of the NCAA tournament. In the 11 years prior to that, just 1 team with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, although 3 of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament since 1991 that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, which lost 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 CBN's Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season

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

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried CBN's RPI ratings 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