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Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, and North Carolina tops in producing players for 2016-17 NBA opening-day rosters

Four schools supply nearly 5 NBA teams' worth of players in 2016-17

Just like the past four seasons, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina top the list of 108 Division I colleges that have one or more former players on 2016-17 NBA opening-day rosters, which was Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Kentucky had 24 former players on 2016-17 NBA opening-day rosters, Duke had 19, Kansas had 15, and North Carolina 14. These four teams have led all other teams for the past five seasons with minor changes in the order. The 24 former players Kentucky had in the NBA on 2016-17 opening-day rosters is the best of any college since we began compiling this list on a yearly basis some 30 years ago. UCLA (13), Arizona (12), Syracuse (11) and Florida (10) round out those schools with double-digit numbers of former players on NBA opening-round rosters this season. The top four schools supply nearly 5 teams' worth of NBA players, using a 15-player active NBA roster.  Complete story and charts  

Bracket Bits from The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

Tidbits from recent issues of The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

From The RPI Report:  Villanova became the 15th school to win multiple NCAA championships. The list: UCLA (11); Kentucky (8); Indiana, North Carolina, and Duke (5 each); Connecticut (4); Kansas and Louisville (3 each); Oklahoma State, San Francisco, Cincinnati, North Carolina State, Michigan State, Florida, and Villanova (2 each). These 15 schools have won a total of 58 of the 78 championships to date, or 74.4%. North Carolina won both its regular-season and conference tournament championships, the only Final Four team to do so. Fellow ACC member Syracuse finished tied for 9th place in the conference and lost its first ACC tournament game by a point to Pitt. Villanova won the Big East regular season crown by two games over Xavier and lost in the championship game by two points to Seton Hall. Oklahoma finished a hotly contested Big 12 regular season in third place and lost in the conference tournament semis to West Virginia by two points.

From The Women's RPI Report:    Five (5) teams in the top 50 of the RPI did not make the NCAA tournament. They were No. 37 UTEP, No. 38 Western Kentucky, No. 43 Arkansas State, No. 47 Duke, and No. 49 North Carolina State. No. 57 Auburn and No. 66 Purdue were the only at-large teams ranked below (worse than) No. 50 to be selected, and if Nos. 45 Missouri, 46 Indiana, and 48 Kansas are added to the list, just 5 at-large teams ranked below No. 40 in the RPI made the tournament. 

Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation

Oregon had No. 1 end of regular season overall RPI schedule strength rank and made elite 8 in NCAA tournament

The Oregon Ducks won top honors for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2016 regular season. The Ducks had the No. 5 opponents' won-lost record of 627-415 (.6017) in the regular season, and the No. 13 rank of opponents' RPI played, which are both alternate ways of determining schedule strength. Stanford had the best cumulative opponents' won-lost record of 561-356 (.6118), and Texas had the No. 1 rank of opponents' RPI played. Oregon received a No. 1 seed and made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament before losing to Oklahoma by a score of 80-68. Since 1991, 21 of the 26 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 22 of those 26 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In 5 of the last 15 seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) of the NCAA tournament. In the 11 years prior to that, just 1 team with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, although 3 of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament since 1991 that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, which lost in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Arizona. Notre Dame had the best regular-season schedule strength in 1992 with a 14-14 record and finished second in the NIT. List

Several conferences use CBN's RPI data to break tournament seeding ties

Administrators have complete confidence in CBN's RPI

Nearly all conference offices subscribe to both The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report because they know they can count on the most accurate weighted RPI for the men and the women anywhere this side of the NCAA tournament selection committees. CBN first made the Adjusted RPI ratings (which are no longer used for either the men nor the women) available to The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report subscribers during the 1998-99 season. The NCAA used the Adjusted RPI ratings from the 1993-94 through the 2003-04 season for the men and have used the weighted RPI since the 2004-05 season, while the women used the Adjusted RPI through the 2010-11 season and began using the weighted RPI during the 2011-12 season. The weighted RPI gives more credit to teams that schedule tough opponents and that beat good teams at home and on the road. Story

AP carried CBN's Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season

2009-10 was the 13th season that AP distributed CBN's Women's RPI Ratings

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried CBN's RPI ratings for both men's and women's college basketball, for the 16th consecutive year, for at least part of the season. In addition, 2009-10 was the 13th consecutive season that the AP distributed the women's RPI for at least part of the season. Story