Thank goodness. After 37 years of RPI rankings, the NCAA is replacing the system in favor of “N.E.T.”, NCAA Evaluation Tool, which values quadrant wins more. RPI, or Rating Percentage Index, was used to help seed teams in men and women’s NCAA college basketball tournaments. It’s considered a God-given move by many, as RPI had, according to many, long expired in the college basketball world.
We all remember when Trae Young and his 3-12-in-the-second-half-of-the-season made it into the tournament soundly. Their 18-13 record was certainly aided by their four Quad-4 (bad teams, basically) wins. But they did have six Quad-1 wins (good teams, basically) that fueled their entry into the tournament (and I’m guessing CBS had a say, with Trae Young being the clickbait of television) But their eventual record of 12-13 against “good” teams was not considered tournament material. Of course, Trae Young and Co. (I don’t know the rest of their names, to be honest) were incredible in the first half of the season, rising up in the rankings to (I think) the top 5. But their descent (it was really a direct downward plunge off of a cliff) happened as soon as teams figured out that by defending Young extremely, extremely well, they could basically cut the team’s scoring in half. Young still managed to average the highest in points and assists for the year, but that certainly didn’t lead to actually winning. You can celebrate the statistics, awards, whatever all you want, but at the end of the day, it’s the score that actually counts and Oklahoma crashed and burned in that category. Oklahoma’s ranking in RPI didn’t actually help their case. Would this system have? Will this system consider events like the downfall of Oklahoma? We must wait and see.
Bleed blue. The wait for Countdown to be here is agonizing, I know, but I’ll try to keep you busy whilst we must endure the anticipation.
⬆︎ Me going back to school ⬆︎