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Blue Devils, Wildcats, Jayhawks, and Tar Heels top schools with most players on NBA opening-day rosters

Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and North Carolina lead all schools with the most players on 2014-15 NBA opening-day rosters. The Blue Devils and Wildcats each have 18 players on opening-day rosters while the Jayhawks have 17 and the Tar Heels 16. UCLA (15) and Arizona and Florida (12 each) round out the number of schools with 10 or more former players in the NBA as of Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

107 Division I schools have at least 1 player on NBA opening-day rosters. 28 teams have 4 or more NBA players, 16 have 3, 24 have 2, and 39 have 1 former player in the NBA. There is one player from a non-Division I schools, 23 went from high school to the NBA, and 63 are foreign players that had no playing experience at U.S. colleges.

The Pac-12 has the most former players per school in the NBA, with an average of 5.2 and total of 62. The ACC has the most overall players in the NBA this season with 69, for an average of 4.6 former players per school. Looking at this another way, 15.4% of NBA players on opening-day rosters played on ACC teams. The SEC has an average of 3.9 former players per team in the NBA, the Big 12 3.4, the Big Ten 2.5, the Big East 2.3, the American 1.7, and the Mountain West 1.5.

A total of 18 conferences have at least two players on NBA opening-day rosters and 26 conferences have at least one, using current 2014-15 conference membership. The 8 conferences that have 10 or more former players in the NBA account for 313 out of 447 (70.0%) of all NBA players. 

About 54% of players on current NBA rosters have 4 or fewer years of NBA playing experience. 61 players this season are NBA rookies, about 13% of the 447 players in the NBA, meaning that about that many players from last year are no longer in the league. Only 59 NBA players have more than 10 years of NBA playing experience, and only 15 have more than 13 years of experience.  

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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

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