KenPom vs. RPI

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  1. gogators73

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    Normally I like RPI because it seems to be very friendly to us since we started adjusting our schedule, but with all of our home losses this year, our RPI is 47 and KenPom is 27.

    Other than our horrible RPI, our resume isn't much different than teams being projected in the 4-seed range.

    If we finish 2-4 with wins over Georgia and Kentucky, what are the chances we get left out? I just can't imagine us being left out just because one part of our resume (RPI) is horrible. Although you could argue our loss total (which would be 13 with an SECT loss) is also horrible.
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    Our RPI was sabotaged by 4 of the first teams we played have W-L records of 12-15,11-17,10-16, an5-17. Our record vs top 50 is best in the SEC (7-3) Auburn is 4-1.
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    I have no idea why RPI is so down on us this year. I guess home losses as you said seem to be really hurting us, as well as some of the bottom feeders on our schedule are not doing well and have very low RPI's. We're 27 on Kenpom and 29 on BPI and i think this is much more in the range where we should be. Wins against Gonzaga and Cincy on neutral courts, plus wins at Texas A&M, Missouri and UK are all really impressive.

    2 more regular season wins and i think we're in no matter what. However, with a 2-4 finish and no wins in the SEC tournament we could be looking at a 10-11 seed and possibly being in the first four games.

    If we go 3-3 and get to 11 regular season SEC wins, it will probably get us a double bye in the SEC tournament and a chance with at least 1 SEC tournament win, to possibly get up to a 6 or 7 seed.

    Of course more wins will get us even higher. If we can win out at home and steal a game at Vandy, that would be 12 SEC regular season wins, plus huge RPI boost wins against Auburn and UK. However, this team can easily win only 1 or 2 of their remaining games seeing how inconsistent they have been. Hopefully the light has finally gone on for this team and at worse go 3-3 in our final 6 games.
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    It's about bad losses as was mentioned several weeks ago. Many don't like to hear that but bad losses are a real thing. The Georgia game Wednesday night is a big game especially considering they are considered a bad loss already once.
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    Stop living in the past.

    The RPI is the stupidest metric ever invented.

    It was invented to give the NCAA committee some cover for leaving out teams with good won/loss records that played really weak schedules. Valvano famously said that all he needed to do was schedule a lot of OOC cupcakes to get to twenty wins and he would be in. And teams like Duke learned how to game the metric by playing strong mid-majors at home, which they could do because of the ESPN $'s, and then beat them. And then they got inflated seeding for the tournament.

    Sagarin Predictor and KenPom are much better assessments and predictors of games to be played.
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    Georgia and Vanderbilt are must-wins for us. Then we can split the last 4 and finish 12-6.
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    I can live with 11-7. That will get us in. In fact I would be shocked if we didn't get in with 9-9 in league play. We have too many good wins away from home to keep us out.
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    As strong as the conference has been, 10 conference wins should get us in. Don’t know about the seed
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    The committee has said for years that it's more about who you beat than who you lost to. Sure, if metrics are similar, they'll compare how bad the losses were, but that's AFTER looking at who you beat and the other positive metrics.

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    Georgia and Vanderbilt are the two least important games on our schedule the rest of the way out; they are the farthest things from must-win games. Far more value to be gained from every other game on our schedule than these two.

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    Our RPI stinks for 5 reasons:

    #1 - #348 Incarnate Word
    #2 - #298 New Hampshire
    #3 - #291 James Madison
    #4 - #257 Gardner-Webb
    #5 - #216 UNF

    There was never any good reason for us to schedule these 5 teams, let alone bringing 5 garbage game to the O'DOME as a means to build fan support.

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    Looks like this guy agrees with you.

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...l-selection-committee-apply-metrics-correctly
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    RPI doesn't actually measure bad losses. It's just about your record and the record of your opponents (and actually their opponents). So you could be 20-5 by losing to the five worst teams on your schedule or the five best teams, and your RPI would be the same in both cases.

    Now these good wins are used by the seeding committee.
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    Disagree. Even heard "bad losses" talked about.
    If you don't think Georgia and Vandy are huge games… Let's see what happens if we happen to lose one of those two games. What do you think a number 10 or 11 Seed Would become with another loss to Georgia or Vandy? Answer would be last four in or next 4 out, proving the point that there is such a thing as a good loss and bad loss
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    Especially with Georgia being a home game.
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    UGA and Vandy are must wins. Period.
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    I think we overuse the word "must". It implies "lose that and you're done". Which, dangerously, means the team psychology, should you lose, would be "there is no longer any hope" and they give up. "It was a must...we didn't do it...guess we failed...maybe next year."

    Case in point: how many "must win" games has A&M lost, and here they are ahead of us in ranking/KenPom/bracketology.

    IMO, there's a time to press the panic button. Mid-February, when you're tied for second in the conference, ain't that time.
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    I don’t know how Missouri has a higher rpi than us and Jerry Palm has them seeded higher. (Lunardi has Florida higher) in the OOC Florida has beaten two top 10 teams and played duke and Clemson in the top 20. Missouri has beaten zero top 20 twenty OOC teams, let alone played any.
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    Not too worried about the RPI when Rhode Island is in their top 5.
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    Not usually by committee members; that's the ESPN talking heads approach.

    If you could pick games to win, in order, they'd be (roughly)...

    @ Tennessee
    Auburn
    (those two are far and away THE most important games we have scheduled)

    @ Alabama vs. Kentucky is a toss-up; the road win is more important, but Kentucky (may) still have star power factor. Names removed, @ Alabama is more important.

    THEN you have @ Vandy and then Georgia (those two could flip flop).

    Who you beat is ALWAYS more important than who you lost to. If we are to win only 2 more games the rest of the regular season, it is FAR more advantageous for those wins to be against Tennessee and Auburn than any of the other teams. The good news is, we can at least agree that nothing limits us to only two more wins!

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