Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Value of RPI

Seth Davis once again explains how the RPI is used. His example UCLA sheet is fuzzy and hard to read, but his point is vital. RPI is NOT a criteria the committee uses to determine whether a team makes the field. RPI is used to classify the relative value of your wins and losses. In the end, it is correlated with tournament entry, but it is not a primary factor. My bracket projections were designed to reflect this. The most important thing is your record vs the RPI top 100, not your RPI. Seth Davis also goes on to argue that NCSOS is more important than regular SOS, a point with which I heartily agree.