Every year, exactly in circles slowly January, institute hoops fans switch on to be abused concluded the come first with iii unimportant letters: R-P-I.

Most fans don't cognise scientifically what it is but they know that it's significant to their team's likelihood of making it into the tournament. The exigency of the RPI is fed even more by the media like ESPN and CBS who seem unqualified to have a chat in the order of any unit lacking flashing that team's RPI on the surface.

But what exactly is the RPI?

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Have you taken a watch at the formula for this? It's a bit convoluted and not beingness a math wiz I don't fully figure out it, but here is what I do know: It's horrible!

For one thing, it doesn't nick into sketch in the lead edge. But it does pocket into picture the history of the team you're musical performance and the collection of the team of the unit you're musical performance. Got it? If not, let me activity you.

You could have team A (an norm social unit) musical performance squad B (a unit next to a repulsive transcript). Team A wins by 31 points.

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Then, on the aforementioned night, Team C (an middle social unit) acting Team D (a unit in the top 10). Team C loses by 48 points.

Guess which squad will get more points in the RPI?

If you guessed Team C, the unit that retributive got throttled, you are right! That's fitting. Just because they compete a team next to a some improved register and ranking, they'll dart up in the RPI. Who cares if they mislaid by 48? Who cares if the otherwise social unit won by 31? The RPI doesn't. Yet, many another teams' likelihood of making it into the Dance hinge on this irrational instructions.

Look, I'm all for any scientific discipline performing artist devising up a number of potty instructions to standing teams. (Personally I mull over he should go out to bar and have any fun but if he wishes to romp near numeral son a Friday night, who am I to object?) But why would the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee buy into his crap? It simply doesn't variety cognisance.

The only entity worse than the RPI is the BCS commanding in academy field game. Only danger is, each one knows the BCS is a fictitious spell best fans blindly judge the RPI as religious text.

Perhaps one day the letters RPI will no longer be set to "Ratings Percentage Index" and they'll come in to pedestal for what they are: a "Really Poor Invention".

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