For the third consecutive year, Rush the Court is generating a ‘BCS’ rating system for college basketball. PUT DOWN YOUR PITCHFORKS. They don’t want to replace the NCAA tournament with the Lehman Brothers of intercollegiate championships. Instead, RTC consolidates all of the major human and computer polls into one, easy to use chart. No more checking the Sagarin, Pomeroy, AP, RPI, LRMC and ESPN/ USA Today. Here are the three ground rules:
- We are following the BCS Football guidelines as closely as possible, but we replaced the Notre Dame rule with the Duke rule since they both have sketchy TV contracts (Notre Dame with NBC and Duke with ESPN).
- The AP and ESPN/USA Today polls are used as the human polls and RPI, Sagarin, Pomeroy, Massey, Colley, and LRMC as the computer polls. The human poll scores are calculated as a fraction (in decimal form) of the percentage of possible votes (1625 in the AP and 775 in the ESPN/USA Today respectively). Like the BCS we remove the highest and lowest computer rankings from a team’s overall computer ranking. The highest and lowest rankings are noted with green and red boxes. In the even that there were multiple similar highest or lowest scores we picked the first one in chart.
- We used the traditional BCS calculations for determining each team’s score weighing the two human polls and the combined computer poll average as 1/3 of a team’s total score each.
I’d lead this post with the image file of the chart, but that would spit in the face of innovation. So click here. Really.