Losing to a non-Division opponent is the low point in the season for any teamIt was not supposed to go this way. It was, really, the last thing that anyone expected to happen. That loud moaning and groaning you heard coming from both Greenville, South Carolina and Buies Creek, North Carolina on Tuesday night told the story. On an evening when there were just 27 games played, 2 teams lost to non-Division I opponents.
Through Tuesday's games, Division I squads had a record of 280-11 against non-Division I opponents. That .9622 winning percentage is slightly above the average since CBN began tracking these percentages in 1991. The best year was in 2005 when D-I teams went 295-5 (.9833) against NDI opponents, and the worst was in 1999 when the record was 325-52 (.8621). The 22-year average is .9289, and every year since 1999 that number has been over 90%. There have been only 5 years when losses were in the single-digits since 1992: 2005 (5 losses), 2007 (5), 2010 (9), 2012 (9), and 2013 (7). There have been 7 seasons when losses to non-Division I opponents were 30 or greater since 1991: 1991 (45 losses), 1992 (37), 1993 (30), 1998 (48), 1999 (52), 2001 (30), and 2002 (32).
Scheduling a non-Division I opponent is supposed to be an easy win. NDI games are almost always on the home court of the D-I team, giving them a huge advantage. Unfortunately, it does not always turn out that way. A non-Division I loss (or win) does not count in the RPI, but there is pride involved when it comes to playing a supposedly lesser opponent below the Division I level. Other than a do-or-die conference tournament loss, a loss to a NDI opponent is surely one game any team would like to get back.
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: There were 48 teams that changed conferences for this season and we will not go into that long list. We will mention a few schools whose status you should be aware of. New Jersey Tech is the lone independent school this season that did not find a conference home following the demise of the Great West Conference. The Highlanders will be the last independent for some time now that all schools new to Division I must have an invitation from a conference before going through the reclassification process. UMass Lowell (America East) and Grand Canyon (WAC) are new schools to the RPI this season and are beginning the reclassification process. Their conference games will count in their conference standings but they will not participate in their conference tournaments or be eligible for the NCAA tournament.
From The Women's RPI Report: Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word are new members of the Southland Conference and are also in the process of reclassifying to Division I. They will not be included in the RPI this season because they are not playing a full Division I schedule, but they will both be RPI counters next season. This season, they both have an unusual conference schedule. They will play each other twice and every other team in the conference once, giving them 14 conference games. That is four fewer games than the other 12 teams in the league, which will all play 18 conference games.
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
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