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December 2, 2013 at 2:48 AM
Last week the Huskies returned home after a pair of defeats in New York and their RPI was 196th in the CBS Sports Ranking.
After two close wins at home to a pair of mid-major teams, Washington fell to 206th in the CBSsports.com RPI.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Oregonian breaks down Oregon coach Dana Altman’s new three-year contract extension, which includes a $40,000 bonus if the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular-season title.
— Altman is dealing with back pain after the seventh-ranked Ducks rolled over Cal Poly 82-61 in the Global Sports Hardwood Classic. Oregon (7-0) received 35 points from the bench including 14 points apiece from Richard Armadi and Elgin Cook. Starting guards Johnathan Loyd, Damyean Dotson and Joseph Young each had 13 points.
— Stanford scored the game’s first 13 points and never trailed South Dakota State in a 92-60 blowout victory as part of the Progressive Legends Classic at Maples Pavilion. Chasson Randle scored 21 points and Anthony Brown 19. Stanford improved to 6-2.
— There’s no telling where Washington State would be at without standout guard DaVonte Lacy who scored 25 points during its 72-67 defeat to St. Joseph’s in the fifth/sixth place game at the Old Spice Classic in the Buena Vista, Fla.
— Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson scored fewer than 10 points for the first time this season during the Sun Devils’ 60-57 defeat to Miami in the final round of the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Jordan Bachnyski picked up the slack and finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
— Despite a 32-point performance by Devon Collier, Oregon State lost 93-81 to DePaul that snapped the Beavers’ three-game winning streak.
February 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM
The NCAA is making the information it uses to field the 68-team men’s basketball tournament more available to the public.
Here’s a link to the official Rating Percentage Index (RPI) page on the NCAA website and an explanation why the NCAA uses it as the top criteria in determining who makes the tournament.
Perhaps more importantly, the NCAA is sharing with fans the Nitty Gritty Report, which contains in-depth team information about strength of schedule, performance against teams in the top 50 and home and away records.
Washington doesn’t fare well in the latest report.
The Huskies are 82nd, one spot lower than they’re RPI. They’re non-conference RPI is 117. They’re 4-5 on the road, 1-6 against teams in the top 50 RPI and 4-5 against teams in the top 200 RPI.
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February 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM
A split at home against the Arizona schools pushed the Washington men’s basketball team to 69 in the RPI. The Huskies were 73 last week.
There’s still enough games (nine in the regular season), big-name opponents and road games on UW’s schedule for it to make a serious climb in the index. The NCAA awards 31 automatic bids and 37 at-large berths to the 68-team tournament. The selection committee uses the RPI as one of several criteria for determining who makes the Big Dance.
Obviously teams among the top 40 in the RPI have a good chance of making the tourney.
Here’s where the other Pac-12 teams rank: Arizona (4), Colorado (25), Oregon (27), UCLA (45), Arizona State (63), Stanford (67), California (70), USC (110), Oregon State (162), Washington State and Utah (165).
It’s the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in the AP poll.
January 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM
So who’s No. 1 in men’s college basketball?
Well that depends on who you ask.
Fifty-one of the 65 national media panelists who vote in the Associated Press poll picked Michigan (19-1), which is the first time the Wolverines have held the top spot since the Fab Five days 20 years ago. Here’s a look at the writers who picked Michigan.
In the coaches ranking, Kansas (18-1) got the No. 1 nod, collecting 16 of 31 first-place votes.
Meanwhile, Duke (17-1) is No. 1 in the RPI.
So there you have it. Five ways to determine the top team in the nation and you get four different results.
Good thing there’s a tournament in March to decided the national champion.
As for Washington, the Huskies didn’t fall in the RPI as much as you might have expected following last week’s two losses. They’re in a tie with Nebraska at 73, just three spots from the previous week.
Here’s where the other Pac-12 teams rank: Arizona (4), Oregon (19), Colorado (21), UCLA (32), Arizona State (58), Stanford (75), California (80), USC (130), Oregon State (153), Washington State (161) and Utah (179).
December 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM
If you look solely at the Pac-12′s RPI rating, then it seems as if the conference has gotten off to a great start.
And yet other metrics such as Jeff Sagarin’s ratings draw a different conclusion and rates the Pac-12 fifth in the nation.
Ken Pomeroy, who claims to use advanced analysis, also has the Pac-12 sixth in the country.
Andy Glockner at SI.com, who ranks the Pac-12 seventh among the conferences, writes: “Every team has question marks, but Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and Stanford have solid potential. Cal should be decent. USC is a sleeper. The bottom of the league can’t possibly be as bad as last season.”
I prefer to look at W-L records. You could make a strong argument that the Pac-12 has returned to prominence if you look at the records of the teams at the top of the conference.
Arizona is 6-0 followed by three 7-1 teams (Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon). California also has just one loss.
But there’s no getting around the fact the Pac-12 is 2-10 against ranked teams. Say whatever you will about the fallacy of rankings early in the season, but it’s still an indication of which teams are among the strongest in the nation.
And at that point, the Pac-12 has fared miserably against teams that are considered the best.
RPI ratings will rise and fall over the course of a season. But W-L records against ranked teams won’t change and the Pac-12′s poor showing only reinforces negative opinions among college basketball observers.
The conference desperately needs to have 2-3 ranked teams when league play begins in January or else it’s difficult for teams to improve their RPI and strength of schedule later in the season. That’s what doomed Washington last season when the Huskies won the regular-season title, but didn’t receive a NCAA tournament at-large invitation.
The Pac-12 had just two teams ((No. 11 seed Colorado and No. 12 seed California) in the 2012 NCAA tourney and the league will struggle to do better next year unless it can win some big games this month.
Here’s a look at some important games on tap for the Pac-12.
Colorado at No. 9 Kansas, Dec. 8
USC vs. No. 14 Minnesota, Dec. 8
California vs. No. 21 UNLV, Dec. 9
California vs. No. 16 Creighton, Dec. 15
Arizona vs. No. 6 Florida, Dec. 15
Stanford at No. 25 North Carolina State, Dec. 18
UCLA vs. No. 12 Missouri, Dec. 28
The Pac-12 is riding a seven-game losing streak against ranked teams. If that doesn’t reverse itself in a major way, then we could be looking at another year when winning the regular-season Pac-12 title won’t mean much.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington State nearly gave the Pac-12 it’s biggest win of the season, however, the Cougars came up short in the final seconds and fell 71-69 to No. 10 Gonzaga. It was a crushing defeat for WSU, which received 23 points from Brock Motum and 22 from DaVonte Lacy.
— Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 29 points to lead Colorado to a 70-61 victory over cross-state rival Colorado State in front of a record crowd of 11,708.
— Jarred DuBois scored 18 points and Utah used a suffocating defense to cruise to a 76-55 win over Boise State.
— Jahii Carson had 20 points and six assists, Eric Jacobsen added 16 points, and Arizona State used a dominating defensive stretch in the second half to beat Hartford 71-63.
— Washington junior C.J. Wilcox is ranked 71st among the top NBA draft prospects, according to Jeff Goodman at CBSSports.com. There’s 11 players on his list, including former UCLA big man Joshua Smith.
— ESPN.com’s Jason King writes about early Player of the Year candidates and he does not include a Pac-12 player among the top 15 candidates.
— Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski criticized college presidents and administrators over conference realignment. He’s particularly miffed at Maryland switching to the Big Ten.
— NCAA President Mark Emmert wants to curtail coach’s salaries.
December 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM
As expected, the pollsters punished Colorado after its loss at Wyoming and dropped the Buffaloes out of the top 25 rankings. CU was No. 19 last week in the AP and coaches’ polls.
Arizona (5-0) is the only Pac-12 team in the polls and the Wildcats climbed to No. 8 in both rankings, which is up one spot from last week.
Oregon (7-1) received votes as did Colorado (6-1).
Meanwhile, in the all-important RPI ranking the Buffaloes are No. 5. Despite two straight wins, Washington fell from No. 18 to 36.
Here’s where the other Pac-12 teams rank: Arizona (22), Oregon (29), California (31), Arizona State (78), USC (89), Stanford (105), Utah (110), Oregon State (116), UCLA (130) and Washington State (163).