Gonzaga and Tennessee retain best home court winning percentage through 2012-13 seasonGonzaga and Tennessee remain at the top of the list of best overall home court winning percentages for men's and women's Division I basketball through the 2012-13 season.
Gonzaga boasts a 122-9 record for a 93.13% home court winning percentage in 9 years of games at the McCarthy Athletic Center. The Zags went 15-1 at home this season, their only setback being to Illinois in early December. Memphis (162-18, 90.00%), Pittsburgh (180-22, 89.11%), Kentucky, 490-61, 87.85%), and Wisconsin (217-30, 87.85%) make up the rest of the top five for the men.
Tennessee went 16-2 this season at Thompson-Boling Arena and has a winning percentage of 93.65% at the facility. Connecticut barely trails the Lady Volunteers with a 403-29 (93.29%) combined record at Gampel Pavilion and the Hartford Civic Center since 1989. Rounding out the top five are Florida Gulf Coast (163-12, 93.14%), UW-Green Bay (167-14, 92.27%), and Louisiana Tech (419-51, 89.15%).
The entire list of home court records for the men can be found here and for the women can be found here.
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: The Mountain West Conference, which was the No. 1 ranked conference in the RPI for much of the season, had the best home court winning percentage for conference games only of any conference in 2013. Mountain West teams went 51-21 (70.83%) in conference games, barely beating out the Great West (14-6, 70.0%) and the Missouri Valley (63-27, 70.0%), which tied for second place. Rounding out the top five were the SEC (88-38, 69.84%) and the ACC (74-34, 68.52%). There is no particular significance to the conference games only home court winning percentage. It shows that it is much harder to win on the road in some conferences than in other conferences in any given year. It does not compare conferences to each other or years to one another. Instead, it shows which conferences have the best home court success during conference play in a given year.
From The Women's RPI Report: The Great West had the best conference games only home court winning percentage for the just-completed 2012-13 season. The league had a record of 13-7 in home court conference games for a 65.0% winning percentage. Conference USA was next (61-35, 63.5%), while the Horizon (60-36) and Summit (both 44-28 at 61.1%) tied for third. The Big 12 was number 5 (54-36, 60.0%). These data do not show the strength of conferences against each other, but rather, how hard it is to win on a conference opponent’s court. Home court record data for the entire 2012-13 season shows that teams won 60.5% of all of their Division I home games, teams won 66.0% of all of their non-conference Division I home games, won 56.7% of their conference home games, and they won 71.4% of their conference tournament home games. All of these percentages are well within the historical limits of the data that we have collected for the past 17 seasons. Also, teams won 94.4% of their games against non-Division I opponents at all locations this season.
Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation
Michigan State finished regular season with No. 1 schedule strength rank and went 2-1 in NCAA tournament
Michigan State finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten, won the Big Ten tournament, and ended up with the best schedule strength in the land for the 2012 regular season. The Spartans received a No. 1 seed, making it to the Sweet 16 before losing to Louisville in the West Regional Semifinals by a score of 57-44. Since 1991, 17 of the 22 teams holding the No. 1 regular season schedule strength rank were in the NCAA tournament, and 18 of those 22 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In six of the last twelve years, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In the ten years prior to that, no teams with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, losing 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
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AP carried the Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season
2009-10 was the 13th season that AP distributed the Women's RPI Ratings
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