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Automatic bid teams

Of the 216 at-large berths given out since March Madness expanded to 68 teams in 2011, 194 (91.5 percent) were given to teams ranked No. 50 or better in the Rating Percentage Index; conversely, only one team – Syracuse last year – earned an at-large berth while ranked worse than 70th. The other key component is total losses; no team with more than 14 losses has ever received an at-large berth (though that could change this year).

The tide, however, might be changing. Advanced statistical metrics, such as, Jeff Sagarin and BPI, are gaining influence among college basketball analysts and could be reshaping the bubble – as evidenced by Syracuse’s inclusion in 2016.

Note: Thirty-two teams receive automatic bids as conference tournament champions. Published March 8, 2017

Source: NCAA