Remember me telling you about the BPI, ESPN’s new power ranking system, a few weeks ago? Remember, Jay Bilas and a fleet of ESPN analysts created it to compete with the unreliable RPI? Well, the BPI is picking up in popularity and with good reason. According to the latest rankings, ESPN says Kentucky is setting a new standard of dominance and consistency in the BPI, and has the highest pre-tourney BPI they’ve seen in six years of analysis:
How good is Kentucky? The Wildcats are No. 1 in the polls, the Bilas Index, our College Basketball Power Index (BPI), KenPom’s power index, LRMC and Sagarin. Basically, computers and humans actually agree on something — Kentucky is the best college hoops team in the land. (RPI has UK at No. 2, but RPI is a “blunt instrument,” as Jay Bilas calls it, not a computer or a human.)
Kentucky currently has the highest pre-tournament BPI we’ve seen over the six years of analysis we’ve run.
Another thing we see with Kentucky is that it is consistent. Last week, we talked about the inconsistent teams — Notre Dame and Florida State — both of whom made BPI look good by playing poorly since then. Kentucky is not only the best team in the land, but the most consistent on our variation scale. In fact, they are the most consistent good team in the six years of BPI.
Here’s the current top ten in the BPI:
4. Ohio State
5. North Carolina
6. Michigan State
9. Wichita State
We are the needle.
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