Sunday, May 15, 2011

BYU clinches MWC's automatic NCAA bid

BYU clinched the Mountain West Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament Saturday with a home doubleheader sweep over Utah.

They were the final games the Cougars will play as a member of the Mountain West in the sport of softball. BYU moves to the WAC, beginning in the 2012 season.

While the Cougars grabbed the automatic bid, third-place San Diego State hopes for an at-large bid to come this evening when the NCAA Selection Show is televised on ESPNU, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific time.

The Aztecs were 39th in the final regular season RPI, one spot better than BYU.

Friday, May 6, 2011

RPI news: Aztecs 36th, Cougars 39th

The latest Ratings Percentage Index is out and both San Diego State and BYU are in line to reach the NCAA Tournament barring some unforeseen circumstances.

The Aztecs are 36th and the Cougars 39th with Selection Sunday just over a week away. With no postseason conference tournament to muddle things, San Diego State and BYU are in good shape to reach the NCAA Tournament again this season.

Here's the breakdown of where each MWC team stands in the RPI:

36 San Diego State
39 Brigham Young
80 Utah
103 New Mexico
112 UNLV
218 Colorado State

Other teams in the West considered locks for the NCAA Tournament: Cal (RPI of 4), Arizona State (6), Arizona (8), Washington (11), Stanford (15), UCLA (17), Oregon (20), Long Beach State (30) and future MWC member Fresno State (32). The Bulldogs have defeated both BYU and San Diego State head-to-head this season.

Possible bubble teams include Pacific (46) and Hawai'i (57).