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NCAA Softball Selection Committee Bias?!!

When the NCAA softball selection committee announced its bracket, my impression was that the SEC conference got favorable treatment and the Pac 12 did not get enough credit for its strength of schedule. Here is what my research revealed.

Using RPI and the final NFCA top 25 poll as benchmarks.

SEC: 12 of 13 teams in the playoffs.

NCAA

RPI

Net Gain

NFCA

Net Gain

Top 8

5

4

+1

3

+2

Top 16

7

6

+1

5

+2

Top 32

11

11

0

Comparing NCAA to RPI, 4 SEC teams moved up >4 positions Including one jumping up into the top 8 (super regional host) and another into the top 16 (regional host). One team in top 64 bumped for auto berth.

Comparing NCAA to NFCA Top 25 Poll, 4/5 SEC teams moved up including 2 into the top 8 and one team dropped.

Pac 12: 6 of 9 teams in the playoffs.

NCAA

RPI

Net Gain

NFCA

Net Gain

Top 8

1

1

0

3

-2

Top 16

4

5

-1

5

-1

Top 32

6

6

0

Comparing NCAA to RPI, one Pac 12 team moved up into to top 32 (2nd seed in regional) and one team dropped from top 16 (regional host) to top 32 (2nd seed in regional). One team in top 64 bumped for auto berth.

Comparing NCAA to NFCA Top 25 Poll, 4/5 Pac 12 teams dropped including 2 from the top 8.

In the bottom 32, 12 teams had automatic berths. The 12th place team in the SEC got bumped and the 7th place team in the Pac 12 got bumped.

The brackets are unfavorable to the Pac-12 as well. 7 SEC teams could make the College World Series. Only 4 Pac 12 teams could make the College World Series. UCLA will have to play ASU in the Supers if both win their regionals. Arizona will have to play Stanford in the Supers if both win their regionals. Washington will have to play Oklahoma in the Supers if both win their regionals.




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