Minnesota’s RPI Faces SOS Challenge in 2017-18

A year ago, Minnesota’s RPI (20 on Selection Sunday) benefitted from their strong strength of schedule (as defined by the RPI – not as any rational human would define it). Their opponents’ strength of schedule (“SOS”), worth 50% of the RPI, was .5953 as the NCAA tourney field was being finalized. The Gophers enjoyed a … Continue reading Minnesota’s RPI Faces SOS Challenge in 2017-18

Gophers’ Schedule Will Punish Their RPI in 2014-15

Gophers’ Schedule Will Punish Their RPI in 2014-15 Minnesota’s RPI in recent years has been helped by a strong strength of schedule (SOS). As a reminder, SOS is not a good measurement of schedule strength or difficulty. It’s a calculation that’s called SOS. Many believe SOS to be a good indicator as to how challenging … Continue reading Gophers’ Schedule Will Punish Their RPI in 2014-15

RPI Considerations: Marquette at Cal State Fullerton

July 17, 2013 RPI Considerations: Marquette at Cal State Fullerton The Wooden Legacy tournament bracket was revealed today. Marquette will start the competition off with a game against Cal State Fullerton (“CSF”) on Thanksgiving afternoon. MU’s game will begin at approximately 3:30pm CT, depending on what time the preceding Miami (FL) vs. George Washington (“GWU”) … Continue reading RPI Considerations: Marquette at Cal State Fullerton

Minnesota’s 2012-13 RPI: Skill vs. Luck

June 5, 2013 Minnesota’s 2012-13 RPI: Skill vs. Luck The Minnesota Golden Gophers had the nation’s 34th best RPI on Selection Sunday. Despite the RPI’s inherent flaws, Minnesota’s RPI ranking likely was a significant aid in making a case for an invitation to the 2012-13 NCAA tournament. Many have noted the Gophers’ top-5 strength of … Continue reading Minnesota’s 2012-13 RPI: Skill vs. Luck

Minnesota’s RPI Will Benefit From Nonconference Schedule

“Minnesota’s nonconference schedule may prove to be the strongest of all teams in the Big Ten.” Indeed, the RPI is fundamentally flawed and closely following current RPI figures for a team any time before February (or later…perhaps ever) is wasted time.  Would you be impressed if a friend from Bryant University called today and said … Continue reading Minnesota’s RPI Will Benefit From Nonconference Schedule

Marquette Again Improves Schedule in 2017-18

Marquette Again Improves Schedule in 2017-18 As they did a year ago, Marquette has improved their scheduling and projected RPI “strength of schedule”. Last year MU’s SOS, worth 50% of RPI, was .5621. Late Night Hoops projects an SOS of .5882 in 2017-18. That equals an RPI improvement in the SOS component of .0131. Had … Continue reading Marquette Again Improves Schedule in 2017-18

Improved Scheduling Helped Marquette Reach 2016-17 Tourney

Improved Scheduling Helped Marquette Reach 2016-17 Tourney On Selection Sunday, Marquette had an RPI of 61. If the largest component of RPI – opponents’ win-loss performance against all D-I teams except MU – would have been the same as 2015-16, Marquette would have had an RPI that was .0224 lower, slotting them at 82 in … Continue reading Improved Scheduling Helped Marquette Reach 2016-17 Tourney