Much has been made by MU's recent slide against some quality competition. It is important to remember the NCAA selection committee uses many criteria to select the 65 team field. One of those is the Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI. There are dozens of sites on the Internet that attempt to recreate the RPI so fans can track their team's progress. We are no different.
It is important to note that the RPI is not the end-all or the be-all. But it is a good historical indicator of what teams have been selected.
Today's CollegeRpi places Marquette with a RPI rating of 50 and a Schedule strength of 65. That rating is squarely in "BUBBLE TERRITORY".
Historical RPI ratings of teams left out or brought in
In 2004, #50 (Oklahoma) was left out of the NCAAs, but number 60 Washington was put in. Generally, if you are in the top 40 you are going to make it.
Marquette's projected RPI right now is 37 with a 21-7 record prior to playing in the CUSA tournament.