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#346 Post Season Q. Do all teams play in the National Tournament?
  A. No, each conference tournament winner will receive an automatic bid to the tournament. The rest of the 64 team slots are filled with at-large bids. In Division III, there are 32 automatic bids and 32 at-large bids. In Division II, there are 23 automatic bids and 41 at-large bids. In Division I, there are 27 automatic bids and 37 at-large bids.
#347 Post Season Q. If we don't get a bid to the National Tournament, will there be a secondary (NIT) type of tournament?
  A. Yes, there is now a PostSeason Invitational tournament for each division. The next best 32 teams which do not receive a bid for the National Tournament will get a bid for the PostSeason Invitational.
#348 Post Season Q. Are all postseason games played at a neutral site?
  A. All National Tournament games are played at neutral sites. In the PostSeason Invitational, the first 3 rounds are played at the home team's court and the final 2 rounds are at neutral sites.
#352 Post Season Q. How are the at-large bids for the National Tournament determined? What about the seeding?
  A.

National Tournament selection and seeding both rely on the same logic.

The logic for ranking teams for the postseason essentially calculates a score for each game on a team's schedule. This game score is determined by the following components:

  • Result (win or loss)
  • RPI rank of the opponent
  • Top 25 rank of the opponent (this rank is actually calculated and used for all teams, even beyond the top 25)
  • Score margin of the game
  • Location (home, away, or neutral court)
There is also consideration given to record over the final 10 games as well as conference tournament performance.

Once the tournament field has been determined, then the seeding process will begin, using the same evaluation logic. Some teams may be moved slightly in order to avoid same-conference matchups early in the tournament.

Once the National Tournament bids have been handed out, the PostSeason Invitational teams are selected using the same process.

#353 Post Season Q. How frequently are National Tournament games played?
  A. Just like the regular season, tournament games are played each day. The PostSeason Invitational will last 5 days and the National Tournament will last 6 days, ending with a National Champion.
#354 Post Season Q. If my school doesn't win our conference tournament, how will we know if we receive a bid to a postseason tournament?
  A. In your office, you will receive an email indicating that you've received a bid to either the National Tournament or the PostSeason Invitational, along with your seeding and region that you'll be playing in.
#355 Post Season Q. Do schools that participate in postseason tournaments get "money" for appearing?
  A.

Yes, money will be generated based on performance in tournaments, but that money is earned for each school's respective conference and is distributed evenly to conference members. The tournament money is added to the recruiting budget for next season.

For the National Tournament:

  • In Division III, conferences will earn $3,000 per game played by one of it's members schools
  • In Division II, conferences will earn $5,000 per game played by one of it's members schools
  • In Division I, conferences will earn $20,000 per game played by one of it's members schools

For the PostSeason Invitational:

  • In Division III, conferences will earn $1,000 per game played by one of it's members schools
  • In Division II, conferences will earn $1,500 per game played by one of it's members schools
  • In Division I, conferences will earn $5,000 per game played by one of it's members schools

So if a single conference had two teams in the National Tournament and both of those teams made it to the final game, the conference would earn $36,000 (12 total games x $3,000). The $36,000 will then be divided equally amongst that conferences member schools, so each school would receive $3,000.

#583 Post Season Q. Why is there such a big discrepancy between my RPI and my seed in the national tournament?
  A.

Tournament seeding is not directly based on RPI or SOS. Often a team can have a high RPI without having actually many impressive wins.

For full details on what goes into selection and seeding, reference article #352.

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