Daily Dribble: Siegel Quality Ranking Update

    
February 21st, 2007

The Siegel Quality Ranking is back for its second go-round. Big positive movers in the past week:

SIU up from 7 to 4
Duke up from 21 to 12
UNLV up form 23 to 14
Maryland up from 36 to 20
San Diego State up from 53 to 38
Winthrop shoots up to 46th after not being part of last week's ranking.

Negative movers:
BC down to 16 from 10
Creighton down to 17 from 11
Arizona down to 21 from 12
Kentucky down to 27 from 17
Indiana down to 33 from 24
Villanova down to 36 from 26
Wichita State down to 56 from 34

Quality Ranking Rules:

A quality game is one of three things: A home game against a Top 50 RPI team, a Neutral game against a Top 100 team, and a Road win against a Top 150 team. Such wins are hard to come by and only the real NCAA Tournament contenders are able to win many.

Wins in such "quality" games count as 1 point. The more points the better obviously. Losses in "quality" games count as -0.5. However, losses in "non-quality" games count as a full -1 point. These are considered "bad" losses. These "bad" losses are pretty rare for quality teams.

The overall purpose is to account for the deficiencies of the RPI by taking into account the venue, and also account for scheduling inconsistencies by not counting wins teams rack up against bad teams in non-conference play.

Quality Ranking Scoring:

Quality Wins - Top 50 Home, Top 100 Neutral, Top 150 Road = 1 point
Loss in Quality game = -.5 point.
Loss in non-Quality game = -1

Record in quality games listed first, followed by quality losses, then the total score. Ties are broken by giving the advantage to the team with the most quality wins. In case of a further tie in win-total, the advantage then goes to the team with the best quality winning percentage. Last week's ranking is in parentheses.

1. Florida (1)
12-3 = 10.5

2. UNC (2)
12-4 = 10

3. UCLA (3)
11-3 = 9.5

4. SIU (7)
11-5 = 8.5

5. Kansas (8)
10-3 = 8.5, -1 = 7.5

6. Wisconsin (4)
9-3 = 7.5

7. Pitt (9)
9-3 = 7.5, -1 = 6.5

8. Air Force (5)
9-5 = 6.5

9t. Ohio State (6)
8-3 = 6.5

9t. Memphis (16)
8-3 = 6.5

11. G'Town (14)
9-3 = 7.5, -2 = 5.5

12. Duke (21)
9-7 = 5.5

13. Nevada (13)
6-2 = 5

14. UNLV (23)
8-5 = 5.5, -1 = 4.5

15. Texas A&M (20)
7-5 = 4.5

16. BC (10)
9-6 = 6, -2 = 4

17. Creighton (11)
9-10 = 4

18. Marquette (18)
8-6 = 5, -1 = 4

19. Washington St (25)
6-4 = 4

20. Maryland (36)
8-5 = 5.5, -2 = 3.5

21. Arizona (12)
8-7 = 4.5, -1 = 3.5

22. Clemson (15)
7-7 = 3.5

23. Butler (19)
6-3 = 4.5, -1 = 3.5

24. Georgia Tech (27)
8-8 = 4, -1 = 3

25t. Virginia (29t)
7-6 = 4, -1 = 3

25t. Texas (29t)
7-6 = 4, -1 = 3

27. Kentucky (17)
7-8 = 3

28. Stanford (33)
8-5 = 5.5, -3 = 2.5

29. Missouri St (22)
8-7 = 4.5, -2 = 2.5

30. Vanderbilt (37)
7-7 = 3.5, -1 = 2.5

31. Tennessee (31)
7-9 = 2.5

32. Alabama (32)
6-7 = 2.5

33. Indiana (24)
6-8 = 2

34. Drexel (35)
7-3 = 5.5, -4 = 1.5

35. Virginia Tech (41t)
7-5 = 4.5, -3 = 1.5

36. Villanova (26)
7-7 = 3.5, -2 = 1.5

37. Appalachian St (48)
6-3 = 4.5, -3 = 1.5

38. San Diego State (53)
6-7 = 2.5, -1 = 1.5

39t. BYU (38t)
5-5 = 2.5, -1 = 1.5

39t. Notre Dame (38t)
5-5 = 2.5, -1 = 1.5

41. Oregon (28)
5-7 = 1.5

42. Bradley (52)
7-10 = 2, -1 = 1

43. Xavier (41t)
6-4 = 4, -3 = 1

44. USC (43)
6-6 = 3, -2 = 1

45. Purdue (50t)
6-8 = 2, -1 = 1

46. Winthrop (NR)
3-4 = 1

47t. Old Dominion (54)
5-5 = 2.5, -2 = 0.5

47t. Oklahoma St (38t)
5-5 = 2.5, -2 = 0.5

49t. Kansas State (44t)
5-9 = 0.5

49t. Ole Miss (44t)
5-9 = 0.5

49t. Illinois (49)
5-9 = 0.5

52. VCU (47)
4-5 = 1.5, -1 = 0.5

53. Georgia (50t)
5-8 = 1, -1 = 0

54. Florida St (44t)
5-10 = 0

55. UMASS (63)
4-6 = 1, -1, = 0

56. Wichita State (34)
7-9 = 2.5, -3 = -0.5

57. Hofstra (61)
5-5 = 2.5, -3 = -0.5

58. Michigan (59)
5-9 = 0.5, -1 = -0.5

59. Davidson (58)
2-3 = 0.5, -1 = -0.5

60. Arkansas (55)
4-10 = -1

61. New Mexico State (60)
3-4 = 1, -2 = -1

62. West Virginia (56)
3-6 = 0, -1 = -1

63. Texas Tech (66)
5-9 = 0.5, -2 = -1.5

64. Louisville (64)
3-7 = -0.5, -1 = -1.5

65. Utah St (65)
2-7 = -1.5

66. Providence (57)
3-8 = -1, -1 = -2

67. Gonzaga (62)
4-7 = 0.5, -3 = -2.5

68. DePaul (66)
4-11 = -1.5, -1, = -2.5

69. Mississippi State (NR)
3-8 = -1, -2 = -3

70. Syracuse (68)
2-5 = -0.5, -3 = -3.5

71. Dayton (67)
2-6, = -1, -3 = -4

72. Holy Cross (69)
0-6 = -3, -2, =-5

73. California (70)
2-10 = -3, -2, = -5

The Quality Ranking of the Top 71 RPI teams is listed above (as well as two teams that were in the Top 71 last week before dropping out: Dayton & Gonzaga, replaced by Winthrop and Mississippi State). For comparison's sake, here is the Quality Ranking of the 168th RPI team (the median) and 336th RPI team (the worst).

168
Louisiana-Monroe
0-7, = -3.5, -5 = -8.5

336
North Florida
0-5, = -2.5, -19 = -21.5

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