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MORNING BRIEFING: Women's postseason projections
by Paul Kennedy, November 4th, 2008 8AM
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UCLA is No. 1 in the second RPI Index of NCAA Division I women's programs released on Monday. The Bruins are followed by North Carolina, Stanford, Florida State and Portland. Top-ranked Notre Dame is No. 6.

The RPI rankings give us with an opportunity to see how the 64-team NCAA Tournament field might look if the regular season had ended last weekend.

RPI Index (Nov. 3)

The 64-team will consist of 30 conference champions and 34 at-large selections.

The ACC is projected to get eight bids, ahead of the Pac-10 with seven and Big 12 with six.

Based on the current RPI index, the 51 teams in the top 64 would in theory be tournament-bound, along with the top-ranked teams of 13 conferences that fall below the top 64.

There are two more Pac-10 teams on the bubble. The Big Ten and CAA have three teams on the bubble -- the least 13 teams ranked among the top 64 in the RPI index.

The RPI is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare results and strength of schedule.

On Monday, Nov. 10, the day after the end of the regular season, the NCAA will announce the selection of the 34 at-large teams to go along with the 30 automatic qualifiers. (Click here for NCAA Tournament rules.)

PROJECTED TOP 64
1 UCLA Pacific-10 1
2 North Carolina ACC 1
3 Stanford Pacific-10 2
4 Florida St. ACC 2
5 Portland WCC 1
6 Notre Dame Big East 1
7 Florida SEC 1
8 Boston College ACC 3
9 Texas A&M Big 12 1
10 Duke ACC 4
11 Virginia ACC 5
12 Penn St. Big Ten 1
13 Oklahoma St. Big 12 2
14 USC Pacific-10 3
15 Wake Forest ACC 6
16 Texas Big 12 3
17 Colorado Big 12 4
18 Washington Pacific-10 4
19 BYU Mountain West 1
20 Long Beach St. Big West 1
21 Milwaukee Horizon 1
22 Minnesota Big Ten 2
23 San Diego WCC 2
24 UCF Conference USA 1
25 Princeton Ivy 1
26 Miami (Fla.) ACC 7
27 Illinois Big Ten 3
28 Missouri Big 12 5
29 Virginia Tech ACC 8
30 West Virginia Big East 2
31 Rutgers Big East 3
32 South Carolina SEC 2
33 LSU SEC 3
34 Charlotte Atlantic-10 1
35 Denver Sun Belt 1
36 Michigan St. Big Ten 4
37 William & Mary CAA 1
38 Auburn SEC 4
39 California Pacific-10 5
40 Marquette Big East 4
41 Kansas Big 12 6
42 Harvard Ivy 2
43 East Carolina Conference USA 2
44 Washington St. Pacific-10 6
45 James Madison CAA 2
46 Arizona St. Pacific-10 7
47 Georgia SEC 5
48 UNC Greensboro Southern 1
49 TCU Mountain West 2
50 Columbia Ivy 3
55 Boston U. America East 1
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73 Fairfield MAAC 1
76 Toledo Mid-American 1
81 Kennesaw St. Atlantic Sun 1
84 Long Island Northeast 1
104 Evansville Missouri Valley 1
108 Radford Big South 1
119 McNeese St. Southland 1
122 Navy Patriot 1
126 South Dakota St. Summit 1
134 Hawaii WAC 1
138 Northern Ariz. Big Sky 1
181 Murray St. Ohio Valley 1
245 Jackson St. SWAC 1

BUBBLE TEAMS
51 Oregon Pacific-10 8
52 Dayton Atlantic-10 2
53 Loyola Marymount WCC 3
54 Purdue Big Ten 5
56 Ohio St. Big Ten 6
57 Northwestern Big Ten 7
58 Old Dominion CAA 3
59 Hofstra CAA 4
60 UNC Wilmington CAA 5
61 Arizona Pacific-10 9
62 Western Ky. Sun Belt 2
63 UC Santa Barbara Big West 2
64 Utah Mountain West 3

*WHERE ARE YOU?
65 Connecticut Big East
83 Santa Clara WCC
88 Tennessee SEC
*Teams in Soccer America Preseason Top 25



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