Players from Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, North Carolina, and Kansas lead NBA opening-day roster list  

ACC has most players in NBA, but Pac-12's 69 players on opening-day rosters gives them an average of 5.8 former players per conference school

Former players from Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, North Carolina, Arizona, and Kansas are found at the top of the list of 117 Division I colleges that have one or more former players on 2018-19 NBA opening-day rosters, which was Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Kentucky had 31 former players on 2018-19 NBA opening-day rosters, Duke had 25, UCLA had 17, North Carolina had 13, and Arizona and Kansas each had 12. Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina led all teams for six consecutive seasons with minor changes in the order until this season, which was broken with the appearance of UCLA on the list. The 31 former players Kentucky had in the NBA on 2018-19 opening-day rosters is the largest number for any college since this list was first compiled on a yearly basis over 30 years ago. Texas (10 former players) completes the list of 7 schools with 10 or more former players on NBA opening-round rosters for 2018-19, while Indiana, Michigan, Villanova, and Washington round out the top 10 with 8 former players each. The top 7 schools supply 120 players, or just over 24%, of all NBA player personnel. That is worth about 7-1/2 teams' worth of NBA players, using a 16-player active NBA roster. Read more

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:  Five schools made the NCAA tournament with losing conference records. They were all 8-10 in their conference and all were at-large teams: Alabama from the SEC, Arizona State from the Pac-12, Oklahoma and Texas from the Big 12, and Syracuse from the ACC. In addition, 4 schools made it with 9-9 (.500 records), those being Butler, Florida State, TCU, and Texas A&M. They were all at-large selections to the tournament. Texas Southern made the NCAA tournament with an overall losing record (15-19). The Tigers began the season 0-13, and each of those games was on the road. Texas Southern did have the best RPI in the SWAC (No. 222) and a conference record of 12-6, which was a three-way tie for second place, behind Grambling State’s 13-5 . Texas Southern’s SWAC tournament win made them the 26th team to make the NCAA tournament with a losing record. There have been 11 teams with losing records make the tournament in the 2000's and 21 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Only one team has been in the NCAA tournament with a losing overall record that won their conference’s automatic bid, which was their regular-season conference title ‒ Texas (11-3, 12-14) in 1974. 

 

From The Women's RPI Report:   Grambling State (13-5, 19-13) was the lowest-ranked team in the RPI, No. 210, to make the NCAA tournament. Nebraska was the lowest-ranked at-large team to make the field with a rank of No. 60. There were 6 teams with RPI rankings of below 100 to make the tournament and 12 below No. 60 to make the field, and all were automatic qualifiers. All teams that made the field had a conference record of .500 or better, the worst being automatic qualifier Cal State Northridge at 8-8. All at-large teams had conference records of 4 games above .500 or better, with the worst 4 having 10-6 (.625) records. 

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