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Gonzaga and Connecticut lead all schools in home court winning percentages    

Gonzaga and Connecticut lead all schools in having the best current home court winning percentages through the 2014-15 season. This is the 11th consecutive year the Bulldogs have led the nation, and not coincidentally, it is also the 11th season that the Zags have used the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center as their home. Gonzaga is also the only school to have a winning percentage above 90%, which now stands at 153-10 (.9387) over the past 11 seasons.

Kentucky (525-63, .8929), Wisconsin (246-34, .8786), Memphis (.8750), and Xavier (201-30, .8701) round out the top 5 men's teams. A total of 38 institution have a winning percentage of 80% or better on their current home court.

Connecticut leads all other comers on the women's side, with a record of 436-29 (.9376). The Huskies have led the field for two consecutive seasons, displacing Tennessee out of the top spot upon completion of the 2013-14 season. UConn plays home games at both the XL Center and Gampel Pavilion, and these numbers reflect both home courts.

Following Connecticut were Tennessee (402-28, .9349), Florida Gulf Coast (193-14, .9324), Green Bay (192-21, .9014), and Louisville (74-9, .8916). A total of 33 schools have a winning percentage of 80% or better on their current home courts.

Complete numerical and alphabetical lists 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:   Here’s the home court summary for the 2014-15 season, which include games only against Division I opponents: Teams won 65.0% of all of their home games, which is the same exact percentage from last season. Teams won 59.8% of their conference home games, compared to 60.2% last season. Teams won 73.6% of their non-conference home games, compared to 72.7% last season. Home teams won 72.7% of their conference tournament games, compared to 70.0% last year. Lastly, they also won 98.8% of their home games against non-Division I opponents and 98.6% of all games against non-Division I opponents at all game locations, compared to figures of 96.9% and 95.1% last season. All of these percentages are nearly identical to historical percentages for the past 15 years.

From The Women's RPI Report: The home court records summary for the 2014-15 season, which includes games only against Division I opponents, is as follows: Teams won 62.1% of all of their D-I home games, compared to 61.4% last season. Teams won 58.4% of their conference home games, compared to 57.7% last season. Teams won 67.9% of their non-conference home games, compared to 67.0% last season. Home teams won 75.0% of their conference tournament games, compared to 74.5% last year. Finally, teams also won 94.6% of their home games against non-Division I opponents and 94.3% of all games against non-Division I opponents at all game locations, compared to figures of 92.4% and 90.3% last season. As you might expect, all of these percentages are within a couple of points of historical data over the past 15 years.

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

Kansas had No. 1 overall schedule strength rank at end of regular season and went 1-1 in NCAA tournament

Kansas won honors for the second consecutive season for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2015 regular season. In addition, KU also had the No. 2 regular season non-conference schedule strength for 2015. The Jayhawks also had the best opponents' won-lost record of 689-401 (.6321) in the regular season, and the best RPI rank of opponents played, which is an alternate way of determining schedule strength. Kansas received a No. 2 seed and lost to Wichita State in the third round of the NCAA tournament by a score of 78-65. Since 1991, 20 of the 25 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 21 of those 25 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 fifteen seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) 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, although three of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. 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

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 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

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried the CBN's RPI 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