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UPDATE: Bracketology 2016, Nov. 5, 2016, 11 p.m.

So, after today’s tournament games, we now have three automatic qualifiers into the NCAA Division I Tournament, as Kent State won the Mid-American Conference and Massachusetts beat St. Joseph’s in the Atlantic-10. They join Harvard in the NCAA Tournament and both are listed in green in the table below.

But look at what has happened to Princeton, which beat Penn to close its regular season today. Because of the RPI formula, which is a compilation of winning percentage, the winning percentage of opponents, and the winning percentage of opponents’ opponents, the Tigers are up to 12th.

Team RPI
10 Boston College 0.609
11 Michigan 0.597
12 Princeton 0.596
13 Boston University 0.595
13 Stanford 0.595
15 Harvard 0.590
16 Northwestern 0.587
17 St. Joseph’s 0.567
18 Massachusetts 0.566
18 Iowa 0.566

Tomorrow, the last seven AQs are determined. If UConn takes care of Liberty and Delaware beats William & Mary, I believe that the cutoff for the At-Large bids will lie between 12th and 13th. Also, there’s the case of the two teams now tied in RPI at No. 13. I think Stanford needs to win the America East against Pacific to get in, and Boston University needs to win the Patriot against American.

Note: we are listing only the 10th through the 19th in RPI because we think the NCAA Tournament Committee will select only the top eight in RPI for the at-large bids, given what it has done in the past. We could be wrong, especially if the RPI points are close or even.


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