>>> I'm unconvinced. Iowa has an RPI SOS of 103, with losses to 150+ and
>>> two 100+ RPIs. They were less than .500 against top 50 teams. So with
>>> less than 50 at large bids, why should they be in?
>>> .500 conference play isn't enough.
>> The committee is asked to select the *best* teams among those who do not earn an
>> auto-bid, not the ones with the best resumes. That's the committee's charge,
>> however they end up focusing on resumes. Using the RPI, RPI SOS, or conference
>> records is not the best way to measure team strength, at least not in this day
>> and age. The RPI was created a long, long time ago and is not based on sound
>> mathematics. The weights are arbitrarily chosen, and it doesn't consider
>> schedule strength beyond opponents' opponents. There are much better formulas
>> out there to measure team strength. Also, I would average the results of several
>> of these formulas, instead of using only one. I don't have a problem with
>> involving the human element as well, since a lot of formulas do not account for
>> things like injuries or suspensions. However, if you are going to use a formula
>> -- and the committee clearly does use the RPI to measure team strength if you
>> consider some of the past head scratcher selections -- then use a formula that's
>> has a better track record of measuring team strength. Hell, even if you believe
>> the committee should select based on resumes, then there are better formulas for
>> doing that than the RPI formula.
> I do not think injuries and suspensions should be considered explicitly.
> Everybody has them. A good system for assessing strength will account
> for them. A post hoc consideration of injuries and suspensions will give
> them unjustified extra weight.
expected court time?
> to make much finer distinctions than have been made. They should be
> able to do better from what is being said. Better yet a double elimination
> tournament. [Ducks for cover]
Too bad. Read the manual. If this stuff were easy
we would not get the big bucks. -- Michael Press, June 1st 2012