Summary of previous Z-Brackets


YearDiff.Cut lineIn NCAAIn Z-BracketAt-large bids to non-"power" teams
Z-BracketNCAA
2017
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
245 Virginia Commonwealth (47)
Vanderbilt (49)
Clemson (43)
Indiana (45)
34
2016
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
547** Temple (52)
Virginia Commonwealth (54)
Vanderbilt (56)
Wichita State (61)
Tulsa (67)
South Carolina (40)
Virginia Tech (41)
Georgia Tech (42)
Kansas State (46)
Marquette (47)
26
2015
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
347 Mississippi (52)
Cincinnati (53)
Boise State (54)
Colorado State (40)
Miami (FL) (43)
Temple (47)
77
2014
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
347 North Carolina State (52)
Dayton (53)
Brigham Young (59)
Utah (44)
St. John's (46)
Minnesota(47)
810
2013
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
149* Middle Tennessee State (52) Iowa (42) 1011
2012
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
448 South Florida (51)
Colorado State (52)
Xavier (57)
Iona (82)
Northwestern (37)
Minnesota (42)
Illinois (46)
Seton Hall (48)
811
2011
Bracket &
Process

Ratings
449 Tennessee (50)
UAB (52)
Va. Commonwealth (67)
Southern California (70)
Virginia Tech(40)
Colorado (47)
Northwestern (48)
Boston College(49)
57
2010
Bracket
Process
Ratings
245 Minnesota (54)
Utah State (59)
Virginia Tech (31)
Seton Hall (38)
78
2009
Bracket
Process
Ratings
341 Arizona (44)
Tennessee (48)
Dayton (53)
Penn State (28)
Miami (FL) (40)
Northwestern (41)
34
2008
Bracket
Process
Ratings
344 Kentucky (51)
South Alabama (57)
St. Joseph's (63)
Arizona State (34)
Illinois State (40)
Ohio State (44)
56
2007
Bracket
Process
Ratings
443 Arkansas (44)
Texas Tech (53)
Xavier (57)
Old Dominion (69)
Clemson (28)
Florida State (32)
West Virginia (42)
Air Force (43)
56
2006
Bracket
Process
Ratings
644 Alabama (46)
California (48)
Bradley (51)
Air Force (55)
George Mason (57)
Utah State (71)
Michigan (29)
Cincinnati (33)
Florida State (37)
Maryland (40)
Louisville (42)
Missouri State (43)
58
2005
Bracket
Process
Ratings
344* St. Mary's (46)
UAB (57)
Northern Iowa (58)
Texas A&M (37)
Notre Dame (41)
Indiana (44)
69
2004
Bracket
Process
Ratings
843 Michigan State (44)
BYU (45)
UAB (46)
Dayton (48)
UTEP (51)
Air Force (52)
Washington (55)
Richmond (59)
Virginia (26)
Florida State (27)
LSU (31)
Georgia (32)
Oklahoma (39)
Utah State (41)
Tennessee (42)
Notre Dame (43)
712
2003
Bracket
Process
Ratings
244* Gonzaga (45)
Cincinnati (46)
Tennessee (39)
Texas Tech (43)
810

The number of at-large selections was 34 until 2010, 37 from 2011-2013 (after the expansion of the field to 68), and 36 from 2014 onwards (after the split of the old Big East).

The ratings linked to in each year are those through Selection Sunday - i.e., those used to construct the Z-Bracket.

Diff. : number of at-large selections that differed between the Z-Bracket and the NCAA bracket.

Cut line: the ranking of the last at-large team to make the field.
The asterisks in the "cut line" column indicate that a team that was ineligible for postseason play was ranked high enough to receive an at-large bid. The specific teams were Georgia in 2003, Ohio State in 2005, Connecticut in 2013, and both Louisville and Southern Methodist in 2016.

"In NCAA", and "In Z-Bracket" : the names and rankings of the teams left out of one bracket or the other.

The last two columns are shown to demonstrate that in every year (except 2015), selection of the at-large teams purely by the Z-Ratings would have resulted in a net transfer of berths to the six BCS/"power" conferences (the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-12, and Southeastern). In 2014, the "new" Big East remains defined as a "power" conference, based on its No. 4 overall strength.


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