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2021 DI NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Bracketology 4.0 – Lacrosse Bucket | #sports | #elderly | #seniors

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The regular season has come to and end (with the exception of Syracuse vs Robert Morris on Friday) and conference champions will be crowned this weekend. So, without further ado, here is the fourth and final installment of the Lacrosse Bucket bracketology series for the season as we sit six days out from Selection Sunday.


Bracketology 1.0 (4/12)

Bracketology 2.0 (4/20)

Bracketology 3.0 (4/27)

How It Works

As always, here is a refresher as to how the NCAA Tournament works for those of you who may be unaware or have forgotten. The 2021 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will feature eight seeded teams and eight non-seeded teams. Those teams will make up the 16-team bracket.

Eight teams will be automatic qualifiers (AQ) and those eight will all be conference champions. Remember, the ACC does not have an AQ because a conference needed six teams to qualify for an AQ. The ACC only has five teams. With eight AQ’s, that leaves eight spots for at-large selections.

Now how does the NCAA selection committee pick teams for at-large bids and seed teams for the tournament? According to the committee, they consider a multitude of things. The committee looks at record, strength of schedule index (based on team’s 10 highest-rated games), RPI results, average RPI wins and losses, head-to-head results, record against ranked teams (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and 21+), significant wins and losses, location of games, results versus common opponents, and any polls do not matter. 

However, because of the uniqueness of this season, the selection process will be more different than ever before. For instance, the Big Ten opted for a conference-only schedule whereas the ACC allowed their teams to play non-conference games. Because of such instances, the committee will likely be relying more heavily on the eye test and feedback from their regional advisory committee, which is made up of 10 coaches.

Projected Automatic Qualifiers

We still have a lot of lacrosse to be played, but if the tournament started today this is what the AQ situation would look like. These selections are based on best conference record at this moment.

Conference Team Record Conference Record RPI Rank SOS Rank
America East UMBC 8-2 7-2 16 52
Big East Denver 11-3 9-1 9 6
Big Ten Maryland 10-0 10-0 7 38
CAA Delaware 10-2 7-1 13 28
MAAC Manhattan^ 4-4 4-3 28 24
Patriot League Lehigh 9-1 8-0 (6-0)* 18 62
NEC Saint Joseph’s 8-3 8-0 19 27
SoCon Richmond 6-5 5-1 27 13

^Manhattan, Quinnipiac, and Monmouth had a three-way tie for the MAAC regular season champion. However, the Jaspers earned the No. 1 seed in the MAAC Tournament so they are put in that AQ spot.

*The Patriot League has split into two divisions this season: North and South. Record in parentheses is division record.

Data from – 5/3.

Possible At-Large Selections

While its always interesting who gets chosen as an at-large selection, it will be even more interesting this season given all the differences in scheduling from team to team and conference to conference. And, as always, any upsets in conference tournaments could change at-large selections drastically.

For this section this week, we are listing 14 teams that are in contention for a possible at-large bid after removing the projected AQs. Teams are listed in order based on their RPI rank. However, that number really doesn’t mean much this season at all. And as always, some of these teams listed have little to no chance of getting unless they get an AQ.

Conference Team Record Conference Record RPI Rank SOS Rank
ACC North Carolina 11-2 4-2 1 1
ACC Duke 12-2 4-2 2 2
ACC Virginia 10-4 2-4 4 4
ACC Notre Dame 7-3 3-3 5 7
ACC Syracuse 6-5 2-4 6 3
Patriot League Army West Point 7-3 5-2 (3-0)* 8 10
CAA Drexel 8-2 6-2 11 32
Big East Georgetown 10-2 9-1 12 15
Big Ten Rutgers 8-2 8-2 14 39
Patriot League Navy 6-2 4-2 (2-2)* 15 35
Big East Villanova 7-4 6-4 17 14
CAA Towson 6-8 3-5 21 5
Patriot League Loyola 7-5 4-3 (3-1)* 23 8
America East Vermont 7-4 7-2 25 30

*The Patriot League has split into two divisions this season: North and South. Record in parentheses is division record.

Data from – 5/3.

Bids Per Conference

Before getting into what I think the bracket could look like at this time, let’s take a look at how many bids each conference could receive. There are a few conference that are sure to get multiple bids while other may get just get one bid. Some of the bottom conferences will obviously only get that one AQ, as usual.

ACC – Four or Five Bids

Big East – One or Two Bids

Big Ten – Two Bids

Patriot League – Two or Three Bids

America East – One Bid 

CAA – One Bid

MAAC – One Bid

NEC – One Bid

SoCon – One Bid

Projected Bracket 4.0

Last Four In: Army West Point, Georgetown, Loyola, Rutgers

First Four Out: Drexel, Navy, Syracuse, Villanova

Bubble Talk

In the first three bracketology posts I had Syracuse in as the last team in and while I believe they still have a chance of getting in, their blowout loss coupled with Loyola’s win over Georgetown and Villanova’s victory over Lehigh did nothing to help them this weekend. At the moment, I have them as the first team out.

As with the rest of the bubble, a lot will be determined during the course of this week but I have Loyola as the last team in right now. Their conference quarterfinal matchup against Navy could really shake things up, as could Georgetown’s Big East semifinals meeting with Villanova. Those two games are, in my mind, two of the most important games of the week as far as the bubble is concerned.

Army and Rutgers are the only two teams of my last four in that I feel confident saying will certainly get in. Now, if something unforseen happens that could change things, but as we sit right now I feel confident that we will see the Black Knights and Scarlet Knights called as at-large bids on Sunday.

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