Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina head list of most former players on 2017-18 NBA opening-day rosters

ACC leads all conferences with an average of 5.9 former players per team on NBA opening-day rosters

Just like the past five seasons, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina top the list of 117 Division I colleges that have one or more former players on 2017-18 NBA opening-day rosters, which was Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Kentucky had 27 former players on 2017-18 NBA opening-day rosters, Duke had 20, and Kansas and North Carolina each had 16. These four teams have led all other teams for six consecutive seasons with minor changes in the order of the teams. The 27 former players Kentucky had in the NBA on 2017-18 opening-day rosters is the largest number for any college since we began compiling this list on a yearly basis over 30 years ago. UCLA (15), and Arizona (12) complete the schools with double-digit numbers of former players on NBA opening-round rosters for 2017-18. Florida, Syracuse, and Texas (9 players each) and Indiana, Marquette, Michigan State, and Washington (8 players each) complete the list of the top 10 schools, including ties, with the most former players in the NBA. The top four schools supply about 16% of all NBA teams and nearly 5 teams' worth of NBA players, using a 16-player active NBA roster.  Full article and lists 

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:  Do you recall the talking heads consistently saying that no team with more than 14 losses had ever received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament? Wrong! They refer, of course, to Vanderbilt’s inclusion as an at-large selection with a 19-15 record. In 1955, Bradley (7-19) and Oklahoma City (9-17) were at-large teams, although the committee had to include them because they were the only at-large teams in the district to which they belonged. A minor detail, but still you cannot believe everything that you hear or read. The 2017 Men’s Final Four Records Book lists teams from 1985-2016 with the most losses for at-large teams, with 11 teams having 14 losses in that period.

From The Women's RPI Report:  There were no teams with automatic bids that made the NCAA tournament with a losing overall record, but three teams had losing conference records. The stunner was California, 19-13 overall but with a 6-12 record in the Pac-12 conference. That is a full three games below .500, the most ever for an at-large team. Fellow Pac-12 member Oregon was 8-10 in the conference, and Auburn had a 7-9 record in SEC regular-season play. Three at-large teams were .500 in conference games: Arizona State (9-9), Iowa State (9-9), and LSU (8-8).

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

Vanderbilt had No. 1 end of regular season schedule strength rank but came up short in NCAA tournament, losing in first round

The Vanderbilt Commodores won top honors for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2017 regular season through games of Selection Sunday. In addition, Vandy had the No. 3 rank of opponents' RPI played, along with the No. 1 opponents' won-lost record of 676-401 (.6277) in the regular season, which are both alternate ways of determining schedule strength. Louisville had the No. 1 rank of opponents' RPI played. The Commodores received an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA tournament with a No. 9 seed but lost to No. 8 seed Northwestern 68-66 in the first round. Since 1991, 22 of the 27 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 23 of those 27 teams were in post-season play. (Georgia, in 2003, was ineligible.) However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In 7 of the last 17 seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In the 10 years prior to that, not a single 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 NCAA tournament performance for a team with the best regular-season schedule strength since 1991 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