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Kentucky’s RPI is second to… Green Bay?


I’ll bet any amount of money this won’t hold much longer, but the Green Bay Phoenix currently sit atop college basketball’s rankings. The team that lost to Wisconsin and Georgia State, both by 24 points, is just ahead of Kentucky and Duke on the new RPI board.

RPI takes into account the winning percentage of a team’s opponents, so Green Bay can thank its schedule, although I still don’t understand how it’s possible. Wins over one-loss Miami and one-loss Florida Gulf Coast help, I suppose.

I’m taking UK in a head-to-head.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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10 Comments for Kentucky’s RPI is second to… Green Bay?

  1. EdC
    11:35 am December 9, 2014 Permalink

    Yea I made the same comment. All the talk of Joe Lunarnardi and the made up term that implies his version of the RPI are awesome are just nonsense. KenPom’s algorithms seem to make a lot more sense than this one for sure.

  2. CatsfaninFL
    11:39 am December 9, 2014 Permalink

    Example #4,263 why the RPI is outdated and worthless. But by all means, we should keep using it.

    I’ll take Kenpom or even ESPN BPI… actually most of them other than RPI.

  3. afidler
    11:54 am December 9, 2014 Permalink

    RPI, similar to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, are very much weighted differently in the non-conference time of year versus the time March rolls around. You can’t put a lot of weight into the rankings at this point–it’s not meant to be a representation of the whole year–only what games have been played. If the season were to end today, then yes, Green Bay would deservedly so have a higher RPI, but it doesn’t. Once they enter their very weak conference play it will even out, while Kentucky (as long as we keep winning) will more than likely stay in the same ballpark. Our weak SEC schedule will hurt us, so I doubt we’ll have the #1 RPI unless we just win out. Kansas or Duke will likely take the top RPI spot, and deservedly so.

    The quality of analysis on KSR lately has been basically click-bait.

    • ukjaybrat
      12:03 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

      i’d click on ksr articles even if the title was “Click me so we can get paid”
      This website is awesome and they’ve earned it.

    • BigBlueBoom
      12:17 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

      How is it click-bait when you already came to the website anyway and didn’t have to click on it to see what they are saying? They didn’t bait you into commenting, if that’s what you are referring to. You just wanted everyone to know your opinion and wanted to rag on KSR, you weren’t baited into anything.

    • Frank Dux
      1:57 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

      The Twitter account has become an avenue for click bait lately, but it hasn’t been overwhelming yet. Every site is heading in this direction though, so complaining won’t help.

  4. ukjaybrat
    12:02 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

    yeah the RPI is a joke this time of year because there are so many teams on different levels of competitiveness. It puts too much weight on wins and losses and very little weight on “actual” strength of schedule.

    Clearly wins over 7-1 miami and and FGCU are not as good as wins over 7-1 kansas and texas. But i like having the ranking around because it’s always fun to laugh at louisville or kansas fans when they brag about their RPI ranking.

  5. BiggestCatsFanInOhio
    12:28 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

    Yeah, this stat is only useful near the end of the season, because the sample size is too small.

    It’s the same as the player season/career stats. If a walk-on player like Tod Lanter only takes one shot his entire career and he makes it, is he crowned the all-time leader in shooting percentage? No, there is a minimum amount of attempted shots required to qualify, the way that you must look at the RPI after a minimum number of games. The RPI increases with accuracy as more games are played.

    That being said, I’ll take KenPom over ANYTHING ELSE, and like someone above said, the BPI is even better than RPI

  6. Adam From Awesome Trot
    12:28 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

    It’s been this way for about 3 weeks.

  7. syrin23
    2:58 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

    Unbeaten Arizona just beat Gonzaga and is ranked below them. Unbelievable.