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RPI: 80% Jiveness of Name, 20% All the Other Crap

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I was in the midst of my daily jaunt through the world of the web, and I made a stop at Real Time RPI. I typically cede to our resident RPI expert, but I have to ask: how in the hell is Lamar a spot ahead of us? The rankings are determined as follows:

A team’s RPI is a sum of three values: 25% of the team’s winning percentage, 50% of its opponents’ average winning percentage (strength of schedule), and 25% of its opponents’ opponents’ average winning percentage (opponents’ strength of schedule). Only results against teams which are in NCAA Division I are counted in all of these winning percentages.

On December 2004, NCAA changed the way it calculates the RPI, giving more weight to playing and winning games on the road. They announced that the new formula will still use the 25-50-25 ratio as it has since 1994, but that all road wins are treated as 1.4 wins, all road losses are treated as 0.6 losses, all home wins are worth 0.6 wins and all home losses are valued at 1.4 losses. Games in neutral sites still counts as 1. We quickly made the corresponding adjustment one week after the announcement.

It took a week to make that minor adjustment? Regardless, allow me to give you the nuts and bolts of both teams, without doing that annoying “Team A v. Team B” crap.

Lamar: #72, 5-4

Best Win: at Texas Tech (who’s 93rd)

Worst Loss: Indiana State (who’s 2-11, #255 in the rankings)

Strength of Schedule: 95

Kentucky: #73, 11-4

Best Win: West Virginia (WVU is #17 in the rankings)

Worst Loss: VMI (#80, sitting at 9-2)

Strength of Schedule: 114

I guess the home loss and strength of schedule kills us. I realize this will even out by season’s end, I just thought it odd that a team we throttled is ranked ahead of us, especially since the rest of their case is quite weak.

Durn ‘puters.

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Article written by Evan Hilbert