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RE: UT Arlington is the highest RPI team not in the NCAA Tournament.
UTA just didnt have the resume likely. KenPom's a little off right now since some games have been played, but UTA is #72 in KenPom right now though I have no idea what they were prior. That's not getting an at large for anyone

As far as the Saint Mary's comparison goes: Saint Mary's had a Kenpom of 14 and an RPI of 17, much better metrics. That's why they got in.

I'd argue that Wichita St, Rhode Island, Saint Mary's, SMU, MTSU, VCU and Nevada all should've been 1-2 seeds higher than they are due to their metrics. Non power schools certainly get the deck stacked against them and get worse paths/worse chances to get into the S16, E8 etc.

10 of the 12 highest seeded non power schools were underseeded in this tournament. Many power schools were heavily overseeded with Maryland, Seton Hall, Northwestern, Michigan St, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Minnesota being the biggest offenders IMO.
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RE: UT Arlington is the highest RPI team not in the NCAA Tournament.
The question comes down to something like this: If you were to allow UTA to play, say, a Big East conference schedule, could they do well enough that even after accumulating a bunch of losses, they could make the tourney because they wouldn't be disqualified by any "bad losses" (since the committee is going to view just about any conference loss as okay to take)? Conversely, if you were to put a team like Providence into the Sun Belt, would they run the table (or come close enough) so that no one could disqualify them due to too many of those bad losses?
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