2/18 rpi, rankings take a hit
After the WVU game, this is where the WBB team is today (2/18):
Real Time RPI: 29 (down from 18)
NCAA RPI: 28
AP Poll: 26 (down from 24)
Sagarin: 14 (down from 13)
ESPN bracketology: 6 (down from 5)
All people who make sweepingly generalized, stupid, uninformed comments are idiots.
Re: 2/18 rpi, rankings take a hit
Looking at these numbers and a few details, it's mostly as expected. The AP poll is most subjective, and with ISU and OU dropping out of the top 25, my first thought was, they don't understand the parity in the Big 12 beyond Baylor.
Originally Posted by Buster28
Coincidentally, the S-Factor blog that someone previously posted about, raises the same issue:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Sorting Out the Big 12
The Big 12 is a difficult problem to tackle from a tournament selection standpoint. Baylor is obviously the best team in the league and has sewn up the regular season. No one else in the league can beat them. TCU is pretty obviously the worst team in the conference, though Kansas State and Texas are certainly not tournament bound either. This leaves six teams in the middle who keep failing to differentiate themselves.
It seemed like there was a little bit of distance between the top and the bottom of the pack before this last week. The top teams were Iowa State and Oklahoma, the bottom teams were West Virginia and Kansas, and the middle was occupied by Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. This stratification ended this week. The top teams went 1-3, the bottom teams went 3-1, and the middle teams went 3-1. So now these six teams all have between 5 and 7 losses in conference.
Given the ease of remaining schedule, Iowa State has the inside track to second place in the conference, but nothing is certain: the Cyclones just lost at Hilton to West Virginia.
There's more if you follow the link.
The latest automatic bracketology there also has ISU as a 6 seed.