Friday, December 26, 2014

Crunchy Numbers: 'Nova, Temple suited just fine

The Wildcats and Owls are high in the RPI and other statistical rankings.

Crunchy Numbers: 'Nova, Temple suited just fine

As Villanova gets ready to visit Louisville tonight, the Wildcats are looking pretty good in the computer rankings.

For the first time this season, 'Nova is ranked 10th in both the RPI and Sagarin index. Temple is flying high too, at No. 15 in Sagarin and a gaudy No. 3 in the RPI.

There are people who will tell you this is a big deal, and there are people who will tell you this is meaningless because it's only January.

The thing to remember about the RPI in particular, though, is that your team's rating doesn't matter. What matters are the ratings of the teams you play.

Kyle Whelliston posted an interview over the weekend with David Worlock, the NCAA's associate director for the Division I Men's Basketball Championship, in which the RPI is a main point of discussion.

(I'll let you digest the length of that title for a moment.)

As Whelliston notes and Worlock affirms, the RPI's most important use is in averaging the rankings of teams you've beaten and team's you've lost to. That's how the Selection Committee determines who gets seeded where and who gets at-large bids.

So the Temple and Villanova fans among you can celebrate all you want. But my guess is that Rhode Island and Marquette's fans are even happier.

Before we get to this week's stat compilations, let's lighten the mood a bit. Tonight's game at Freedom Hall will match two of the best dressers in college basketball. Which one's suits do you prefer?

Which coach is the better dresser?
Jay Wright
Rick Pitino

City Six rankings table

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Drexel
8-9
3-2
1-2
162 (179)
118 (141)
152 (173)
189 (193)
117 (155) 
La Salle
8-7
1-1
0-1
140 (150)
115 (118)
129 (140)
 143 (162)
72 (101)
Penn
1-10
0-0
0-1
321 (332)
320 (338)
331 (342)
324 (334)
121 (70)
St. Joseph's
5-9
1-1
0-1
201 (187)
138 (128)
186 (184)
172 (156)
24 (29)
Temple
13-3
2-0
1-0
27 (21)
3 (4)
15 (18)
26 (48)
16 (23)
Villanova
14-1
3-0
3-1
28 (31)
10 (14)
10 (9)
20 (27)
151 (187)

Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheets

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
0
4
308
157
0
3
221
114
Delaware St.
0
3
100
183
0
0
214
75
0
1
244
57
Lafayette
0
2
297
153
0
1
300
126
0
5
266
194
0
5
343
181
Penn State
0
1
251
94
Princeton
0
0
248
128
Rider
1
0
239
105
Rutgers
0
0
229
70
St. Joseph's
0
0
200
63
Temple
3
0
128
25
Villanova
1
0
150
8

Selected other teams

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Syracuse
2
0
148
11
1
0
123
30
4
0
136
58
2
0
170
12
1
0
142
30
0
0
174
32
Harvard
1
0
191
68
Kentucky
2
0
142
n/a
Tennessee
1
0
147
29
Duke
3
0
125
32
North Carolina
3
0
174
34
Kansas
3
0
144
35
Texas
2
0
157
n/a
Purdue
4
0
143
16
Wisconsin
2
0
148
50
California
0
0
146
59

Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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