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Gonzaga keeps men's top home court record while UConn sneaks past Tennessee for women's best home court mark

Gonzaga once again leads the pack in having the best home court record through the end of the 2013-14 season. The Zag's record at the McCarthey Athletic Center is 137-9 (.9384), which barely beats out that of Nebraska and Towson, both being 15-1 (.9375) in their new arenas this past season. These three schools are the only ones that have a 90% or better home court record among the 349 teams that count in the RPI, which includes all official Division I teams and those few that are transitioning to Division I.

Gonzaga's record is astounding in that they have kept their home court record above 90% for 10 consecutive seasons. In fact, they led all of Division I for each of those 10 seasons as well, discounting Presbyterian's 5-0 mark in 2008 during their first year transitioning to Division I. Memphis and Kentucky round out the top 5, while Louisville, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Xavier, and Michigan State round out the top 10 as seen in the list below.

37 schools have won 80% or more of their home court games, 140 have won at least 70%, 269 have won 60% or more of their games on their home court, and 330 have won 50% or more of their home games. Just 19 have home court losing records, and the number may be better than that as we are missing some data for several of those teams. Click here to view the entire numerical and alphabetical home court record lists. 

Top 10 Home Court Men's Winning Percentages
                                                   Arena  No.
Rank Team           Arena              Capacity  1st Used Yrs    W    L   Pct.  
   1 Gonzaga        McCarthey Ath. Ctr.   6,000     2004   10   137-  9  .9384
   2 Nebraska       Pinnacle Bank Arena  15,000     2013    1    15-  1  .9375
   2 Towson         SECU Arena            5,200     2013    1    15-  1  .9375
   4 Memphis        FedEXForum           18,400     2004   10   177- 21  .8939
   5 Kentucky       Adolph Rupp Arena    24,000     1976   38   506- 63  .8893
   6 Louisville     YUM! Center          22,000     2010    4    66-  9  .8800
   7 Pittsburgh     Petersen Events Ctr. 12,508     2002   12   193- 27  .8773
   8 Wisconsin      Kohl Center          17,230     1997   17   231- 33  .8750
   9 Xavier         Cintas Center        10,250     2000   14   188- 27  .8744
  10 Michigan St.   Breslin Events Ctr.  14,759     1989   25   334- 50  .8698

The National Champion Connecticut Huskies lead the women's best home court winning percentage, overtaking Tennessee this past season. UConn splits their games between the XL Center in Hartford and Gampel Pavilion on Campus. Any way you slice it, they are one of just 3 schools that have a winning percentage equal or better than 90%. Florid Gulf Coast, Green Bay, and Gonzaga and Nebraska (tied for No. 5) round out the top six, followed by South Dakota State, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, and Louisville to close out the top 10.

37 schools have won 80% or more of their home court games, 93 have won at least 70%, 201 have won 60% or more of their games on their home court, and 288 have won 50% or more of their home games. A total of 59 schools have losing records on their home courts, and as with the men, the number may be better than that because we are missing some early years' data for several of those teams. Click here to view the entire women's numerical and alphabetical home court records lists. 

Top 10 Home Court Women's Winning Percentages

                                                   Arena  No.   
Rank Team           Arena              Capacity  1st Used Yrs    W    L   Pct.  
   1 Connecticut    XL Civic Center      16,294     1975   39   421- 29  .9356
   2 Tennessee      Thompson-Boling A.   21,678     1987   27   384- 28  .9320
   3 Fla. Gulf Cst  Alico Arena           4,500     2002   12   179- 14  .9275
   4 UW-Green Bay   Resch Center         10,000     2002   12   177- 20  .8985
   5 Gonzaga        McCarthey Ath. Ctr.   6,000     2004   10   136- 17  .8889
   5 Nebraska       Pinnacle Bank Arena  15,000     2013    1    16-  2  .8889
   7 S. Dakota St.  Frost Arena           6,500     1972   42   113  15  .8828
   8 Louisiana Tech Thomas Assembly Ctr.  8,000     1982   32   427  58  .8804
   9 Notre Dame     Purcell Pavilion      9,149     1968   46   175  24  .8794
  10 Louisville     YUM! Center          22,000     2010    4    58   8  .8788

		

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 is the men's 2013-14 home court record summary. Records for teams against only Division I opponents are as follows: Teams won 65.0% of all of their home games; teams won 60.2% of their conference home games, teams won 72.7% of their non-conference home games, and home teams won 70.0% of their conference tournament games. They also won 96.9% of their home games against non-Division I opponents and 95.1% of all games against non-Division I opponents at all game locations. These figures are generally in line with historical records for the past dozen years.
 

From The Women's RPI Report:  Here is the women's 2013-14 home court summary. Records for teams against only Division I opponents are as follows: Teams won 61.4% of all of their home games; teams won 57.7% of their conference home games, teams won 67.0% of their non-conference home games, and home teams won 74.5% of their conference tournament games. They also won 92.4% of their home games against non-Division I opponents and 90.3% of all games against non-Division I opponents at all game locations. These percentages are generally similar to recent yearly historical records.

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

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

Kansas won honors for both the best overall and non-conference schedule strength at the end of the 2014 regular season. In fact, the Jayhawks had the second-best overall regular-season schedule strength since CBN began tracking the RPI in 1991. Kansas' .6678 schedule strength for 2014 is second only to Maryland's .6679 in 1998.  The Jayhawks also had the best opponents' won-lost record of 689-369 (.6512) 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 eventually lost to Stanford in the third round by a score of 60-57. Since 1991, 19 of the 24 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 20 of those 24 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 fourteen seasons, 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, 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

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