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Update on Minnesota Gophers’ RPI

March 16, 2013
Update On Minnesota Gophers’ RPI – after games of 3/15/2013
Updated after games of 3/16/2013

Although Minnesota has the worst adjusted winning percentage among all top 50 RPI teams, they still should finish with a solid RPI.

We project the Gophers, currently at #34, will finish with an RPI ranking of #35.

This is based on Missouri moving up one spot after today’s games are completed. If Florida and Ohio State are unable to win their respective tournament championships, Minnesota could stay above Missouri in the RPI. 

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Nonconference Schedule: Strength vs. Difficulty

February 23, 2013
Nonconference Schedule: Strength vs. Difficulty

We all know the RPI is flawed and silly (right?). Therefore it should be no surprise that the RPI’s nonconference strength of schedule (NCSOS) calculation produces some ridiculous results.

The NCSOS is simply a calculation. It doesn’t think. It just does as told. However, for being such a simple and strict measurement, people sure love to add qualitative descriptions to the NCSOS.

If a team has a strong NCSOS their schedule is often referred to as being “tough” or “difficult”. The goal of basketball games is to win them. Unfortunately an impressive NCSOS calculation does not indicate that a team played a lot of games that were “tough” or “difficult” to win. It just means that a team has a strong NCSOS calculation for purposes of the RPI.

A closer look is needed to understand how difficult a team’s schedule was and to make much of a statement past “well, that simple and shortsighted calculation produces a strong NCSOS!”  Whether you’re playing an opponent that “isn’t good” (less sweet cupcake) or “really awful” (super sweet cupcake) doesn’t make much of a difference in the likelihood of your team winning the game. However, the NCSOS loves if you’re dieting on the less sweet cupcakes instead of the super sweet variety.

With that said, below is some food for thought. For the seven Big Ten teams currently projected by most to make this year’s NCAA tournament, we’ve listed nonconference games against Top 50 RPI opponents (approximate RPI rankings through games of February 22, 2013) and against 200+ RPI opponents. The Big Ten teams are listed in order of their NCSOS rank (best NCSOS to worst).

Would you rank the nonconference schedules of these teams in the same order if you were ranking based on the difficulty of winning as many game as possible?

RPI Minnesota Loc
1 Duke Neutral
21 Memphis Neutral
260 American Home
231 North Florida Home
RPI Illinois Loc
11 Gonzaga Away
29 Butler Neutral
35 Missouri Neutral
206 St. Francis NY Home
207 Gardner Webb Home
247 Colgate Home
252 Western Carolina Home
RPI Michigan State Loc
2 Miami FL Away
5 Kansas Neutral
28 Connecticut Neutral
42 Boise St. Home
200 Arkansas Pine Bluff Home
212 Loyola Chicago Home
228 Louisiana Lafayette Home
246 Bowling Green Away
267 Nicholls St. Home
RPI Indiana Loc
16 Georgetown Neutral
26 North Carolina Home
29 Butler Neutral
203 Central Connecticut Home
222 Florida Atlantic Home
230 Sam Houston St. Home
235 Jacksonville Home
266 Ball St. Home
310 Coppin St. Home
RPI Wisconsin Loc
4 Florida Away
14 Marquette Away
45 California Home
47 Creighton Neutral
215 Cornell Home
265 Samford Home
287 Nebraska Omaha Home
303 Wisconsin Milwaukee Home
340 Presbyterian Home
RPI Ohio State Loc
1 Duke Away
5 Kansas Home
277 Winthrop Home
278 Northern Kentucky Home
292 Missouri Kansas City Home
321 Chicago St. Home
 Note: OSU had its game vs. 14 Marq canceled.
RPI Michigan Loc
18 Kansas St. Neutral
22 North Carolina St. Home
40 Pittsburgh Neutral
208 Cleveland St. Home
217 Eastern Michigan Home
255 Central Michigan Home
309 IUPUI Home
338 Binghamton Home

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