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How does a college basketball team qualify for March Madness?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. In order to receive an invitation to compete in the NCAA tournament, college basketball teams must be selected by a special selection committee. The committee evaluates the merits of each team based on a number of criteria, including each team's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), ranking in the national polls, conference and road record, wins versus ranked opponents, and the way in which the team completed its regular season. The selection committee's decision is final, and no appeals are considered. Once the teams are chosen, the committee goes on to divide the teams into pods and seeds. These determine where the teams will play and who they will play against.

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