November 8, 2016 – Update #3 – College Soccer News' veteran Bracketologist has revised his projections of the forty-eight teams that will constitue the 2016 NCAA Tournament field, the sixteen seeds, and the match-ups based on the most recent RPI issued and a projection of the conference champions based on the information currently available.
His analysis is based on projected conference winners and the same criteria the selection committee will utilize which includes win-loss record, geography, recent team play, quality wins, and the head-to-head match-ups that have taken place to date. These projections will continue to be revised as the season progresses. Conference automatic are assigned either to teams that have already clinched their conference's automatic berth as in the case of Stanford, or to the highest remaining seeds in conference tournaments.
CSN's Bracketologist advises that the RPI will likely change as the season progresses thus impacting his projections. In addition clarity in regard to most conference championships and the potential impact that upsets may have on at-large berths will not be known until conference tournaments are completed.
The projections are not reflective of any national polls nor are they an attempt to gague who the best teams are. The projections are designed to predict what the NCAA Tournament field would be if the selection committee were to make their selections at this moment. The projections do not take into account expected future results.
The NCAA Tournament field, the seeds, and the brackets will be announced on November 14, 2016 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
First Round: St. Francis (NY) (NEC Automatic) at Hofstra (CAA Automatic)
Second Round: Winner at #1 Maryland (Big Ten Automatic)
First Round: American (Patriot Automatic) at Albany (America East #2)
Second Round: Winner at #16 Michigan State (Big Ten #3)
First Round: Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Automatic) at South Carolina (CUSA #3)
Second Round: Winner at #8 North Carolina (ACC #5)
First Round: Wright State (Horizon Automatic) at Virgina (ACC #8)
Second Round: Winner at #9 Charlotte (CUSA Automatic)
First Round: Portland (WCC Automatic) at San Diego State (Pac-12 #4)
Second Round: Winner at #2 Clemson (ACC#2)
First Round: Villanova (Big East #4) at Virginia Tech (ACC #9)
Second Round: Winner at #15 Kentucky (CUSA #2)
First Round: Quinnipiac (MAAC Automatic) at Vermont (America East #3)
Second Round: Winner at #7 Syracuse (ACC #4)
First Round: Akron (MAC Automatic) at Pacific (WCC #2)
Second Round: Winner at #10 Indiana (Big Ten #2)
Wake Forest Region
First Round: Radford (Big South Automatic) at ETSU (Southern Conference Automatic)
Second Round: Winner at #3 Wake Forest (ACC Automatic)
First Round: Saint Louis (A-10 Automatic) at Creighton (Big East #3)
Second Round: Winner at #14 Notre Dame (ACC #7)
First Round: New Mexico (CUSA #4) at Utah Valley (WAC Automatic)
Second Round: Winner at #6 Washington (Pac-12 #2)
First Round: Stony Brook (America East Automatic) at Providence (Big East Automatic)
Second Round: Winner at #11 Boston College (ACC #6)
First Round: Connecticut (American Athletic Conference #2) at Dartmouth (Ivy League #2)
Second Round: Winner at #4 Stanford (Pac-12 Automatic
First Round: UC Santa Barbara (Big West Automatic) at UCLA (Pac-12 #3)
Second Round: Winner at #13 Denver (Summit Automatic)
First Round: FGCU (Atlantic Sun Automatic) at South Florida (American Athletic Conference Automatic)
Second Round: Winner at #5 Louisville (ACC #3)
First Round: Wisconsin (Big Ten #4) at Butler (Big East #2)
Second Round: Winner at #12 Loyola Chicago (MVC Automatic)
Last 4 At Large Selections
Last 4 Out